Since you’re primarily interested in salt water flies, as I recall, the recommendations for you will be a bit different then they might be for a lot of the other folks on the forum.
The trick is to differentiate between:
- books that offer good instructions for beginners that cover techniques, explain materials, and teach a variety of patterns that will give you a well rounded skill set,
- books that are more of a "generalized pattern library" for a wide variety of salt water game fish that have pictures of flies and list a "recipe" of materials (usually but not always listed in order of tie in), but assume that the reader has a basic knowledge of tying,
-and books that are more specialized, focus on flies for a particular species, a particular style of tying ( or a particular tyer's patterns), or more "advanced" flies.
For someone that's just starting out, I would recommend focusing on an intro book and a generalized pattern library, and leave the more specialized stuff for a bit later. And I would also supplement the books with some of the excellent free on-line tutorials and video's available on the net.
I'll give you examples of books in each category that i have some experience with (I'm sure there are other worthy ones out there too). In many cases it's possible to browse the table of contents on line- and to see other books that folks have recommended or bought...
Although primarily oriented towards North East Fly patterns for striped bass etc, you’re first stop should be the multimedia link (on the left hand side of the home page) of the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders. They have a series of tutorials for beginners, and step by steps of many popular flies that will translate well to Florida (clouser, deceivers etc)-- and you won't have to wait for a book to arrive to get a feel for some of the steps in tying basic SW flies.
www.ASWF.info - The Home Of The Atlantic Saltwater Fly Rodders
A basic intro to SW flies, and a good book for beginners:
"Introduction to Saltwater Fly Tying" by Scott Sanchez
This book has good hands on step by step instructions for creating a variety of flies using different techniques that you can then use on more complicated patterns. Browse through the table of contents to get a sense of the flies covered. Get a spiral bound copy so it will lay open flat on your bench while you tie. Although many of these patterns are considered a bit "old school" they still catch, and these classics will teach you a variety of techniques you'll use on other stuff.