Most coffee table books on fishing revolve around a specific place or a certain species.
“SALT: Coastal and Flats Fishing” by Andy Anderson (photographer) and Tom Rosenbauer (author) has more of a broad topic and is absolutely stunning. Anderson is one of my favorite photographers in the commercial space right now and pretty much kills it with everything that he does. Rosenbauer is the godfather of all things fly fishing, having been at the Orvis Company for more than 30 years and authored a number of books on the subject.
“SALT” is a big book with large, expansive images that you can easily get lost in. The chapters are broken up into categories like wading, boats, fish, flies, guides, etc. Rosenbauer does an expert job of transporting you to his favorite flat or stories of his crazy friend’s boat called the “Weapon.” If you’re in the market for a good read with expertly crafted images on salt water fishing or need a present for that angler in your life, I highly recommend this book.
Here’s what the publisher (Rizzoli) has to say about the book:
Experience the world’s greatest coastal fly-fishing destinations with this stunning volume, an ideal gift for any angler’s library. As close to a first-hand experience as a reader can get without getting wet, Salt: Coastal and Flats Fishing is a visually stunning journey to America’s most epic saltwater fishing hot spots. Featuring photography from the Atlantic Northeast, Pacific Northwest, Bahamas, Gulf Coast, and Florida Keys-and highlighting fish such as striped bass, tuna, bonefish, permit, and tarpon-this is a life’s compilation of saltwater fly-fishing photography by one of the most acclaimed outdoors photographers. Each section has an accompanying essay by Tom Rosenbauer that takes the reader along on a memorable trip to the world’s greatest fishing destinations. For the serious fly fisherman, it is an album of shared experiences. For those new to the sport, it is an artfully crafted guidebook to the exotic world that exists on the waters of American coastlines and islands.