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Fly Fishing the Louisiana Coast: A Complete Guide to Tactics & Techniques, from Lake Charles to the Mississippi River Delta

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A complete guide to fly fishing and visiting the hundreds of miles of bayous, coastlines, and the Mississippi River Delta.
Great fishing in great settings with great people and great food, too! Where else can you catch tarpon, eat authentic jambalaya, and dance to zydeco, all in one day? This is the first, and definitive, guide to saltwater fly fishing in Louisiana-inshore, coastal, and offshore. This where-to, how-to guide's coverage begins on the western edge of Cajun Country,...

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Overview

A complete guide to fly fishing and visiting the hundreds of miles of bayous, coastlines, and the Mississippi River Delta.
Great fishing in great settings with great people and great food, too! Where else can you catch tarpon, eat authentic jambalaya, and dance to zydeco, all in one day? This is the first, and definitive, guide to saltwater fly fishing in Louisiana-inshore, coastal, and offshore. This where-to, how-to guide's coverage begins on the western edge of Cajun Country, in the Lake Charles region, and extends east to the Mississippi River Delta. Louisiana harbors an amazing range of fish: redfish, specks, flounder, tripletail, cobia, tarpon, crevalle jacks, and Spanish mackerel, even largemouth bass, and the author cues you in to what gear to bring, from rod to fly, and provides essential information on local guides; marinas; sporting goods; outfitters; suggestions for sightseeing on your fishing down time; accommodations, from motels to plantation beds; and venues for authentic regional "good eating" and music.
Many of Louisiana's year-round saltwater opportunities, both offshore and inshore, were developed in the past 10 years. In that time, there's been a growth of fly fishing in the state, and catch-and-release has replaced the ice-chest as a measure of fishing success. Whether you're sight-casting, blind-casting, surfcasting, or casting from your "mud-boat," here's your chance to hook into your biggest fish ever.
Conventioneers and revelers alike in the Big Easy—pack your rod for your next trip, and get out and fish!

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Pete Cooper Jr. caught his first Louisiana saltwater fish on a fly in 1971. Since then, he has been catching fish, rewriting the state's fly-fishing record book, and sharing angling expertise with readers. Recently inducted into the Louisiana Sportsmen's Hall of Fame, "Coop" has established a nationwide reputation with hundreds of feature articles on bayou recreation. Fly Fishing the Louisiana Coast distills his decades of experience into a detailed guide designed for anglers at every level of proficiency.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881506655
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,459,479
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Cooper, Jr. has spent the better part of the past 40 years fishing. Elected to the Louisiana Sportsman's Hall of Fame in 2003, Cooper has taught statewide seminars on fly fishing and has published numerous articles in state, regional and national magazines. He is considered a pioneer of saltwater fly fishing in Louisiana. He's held several state fly-fishing records, published almost 500 magazine articles, and is the author of Redfish and Fly Fishing the Louisiana Coast. He lives in Broussard, LA.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Prologue 11
Introduction 13
Texas Beginnings
Confessions of a Louisiana Fly-Tyer
Part I Popular Saltwater Sport Fishes of Louisiana
1 Redfish 23
2 Specks 38
3 Flounder 51
4 Sheepshead 56
5 Tripletail 61
6 King Mackerel 67
7 Close Combat 77
8 Cobia 82
9 Tarpon 87
10 Crevalle Jacks 96
11 The "Lesser Types" 102
12 The "Blue-Water Beasties" 110
Part II Destinations
I The Lake Charles Area 123
II The Lafayette Area 137
III The Houma Area 149
IV The Grand Isle Area 161
V The Lafitte Area 179
VI The Delta-Inshore 191
VII The Delta-Offshore 201
VIII Eastern Waters 213
Appendix A Boats, Bugs, and Other Concerns 223
Appendix B Flies and Such 231
Index 246
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