Bill Horn

Fly Fisher, Author

Bill Horn started fishing in the Florida Keys in 1958. He took to fly fishing in 1965 primarily for trout. His first bonefish was landed in the Florida Keys in 1974. Bill has pursued bonefish, tarpon and permit on the flats of the Florida Keys and Everglades, the Bahamas, Mexico and Hawaii.

Bill has work in different capacities over the years for the U.S. Department of Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Fish Commission, National Wildlife Refuge Centennial Commission and the National Academy of Sciences.

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On The Bow

Bill Horn has chased bonefish, tarpon and permit for over 40 years in the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Hawaii and Mexico. He's been "On the Bow" too many times to count. Join us to hear Bill share his experiences, the good, bad and ugly of chasing these trophy fish in the salt. You might just pick up a tip or two you can use next time you are on the bow.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • Are the bonefish coming back in Florida?
  • Do you have more success fishing for bonefish from a boat?
  • Where do you find the larger bonefish?
  • Are bonefish bigger in the Bahamas?
  • What flies work best for bonefish?
  • Are bonefish, permit and tarpon easier or harder to catch now than in the past?
  • How do you present your flies to permit?
  • What's the best way to set the hook on a permit?
  • Is Florida still a "go-to" location for tarpon?
  • Where can you find the larger migrating tarpon?
  • Is the juvenile tarpon fishery still great?
  • What flies are working best for tarpon through the seasons?
  • Looking to the future how do you see the health of the flats fisheries and their fish?

He presently works as a Natural Resources Law Attorney and has served the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Trout Unlimited, The Ruffed Grouse Society, the Conservation Fund and fishing guides/lodges throughout western U.S. and Alaska.

Bill has served or is currently serving on the board of directors for the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Friends of the Teton River, and Trout Unlimited.

His articles have appeared in American Angler, Fly Rod & Reel, Florida Sportsman, The Angling Report, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Journal, Keys Weekly Newspaper, and The Pointing Dog Journal.

He has written two books Seasons on the Flats: An Angler’s Year in the Florida Keys and On The Bow: Love, Fear and Fascination in Pursuit of Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit. He’s also co-authored Appalachian Grouse Dog and contributed to A Passion for Grouse.


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