Welcome to The Bonefish Flat

There's a stiff wind in your face as you squint in the sun trying to see what the guide sees. "Bonefish at 12 o'clock about 90 feet, do you see it, mon?" You don't and keep squinting, your hat pulled low to keep the sun out of your eyes. "Bonefish at 11 o'clock 70 feet out. Come on man, do you see it?" As the guide is calmly shifting the skiff into position, this time you spot the fish, "I got, it," you reply.

"OK, Mon, Bonefish 50 feet at 10 o'clock. Cast when you're ready."

Cast when you're ready. And with that you drop your fly, roll out a cast, false cast once, and then...

Welcome to the bonefish flat.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bonefishing in the Chesapeake Bay

Ok, so are there are no bonefish in the bay.  But, my flat away from the real flats this father's day weekend was the Chesapeake Bay.  I fished for about two hours but that was long enough to catch a 14 inch Rockfish.  

The rod of choice was my trusty S3S with a teeny 350 loaded onto my Abel 3.  A chartreuse and white clouser tied by yours truly seemed to fool the fish.  

The trick is to get the fly down low and that's why I like Teeny sinking lines.  Jim Teeny practically (or maybe actually!!) invented the sink tip line.  I like casting the 350 on my 9wt better than an 8 wt.  I just think it casts better, but either would do.  If you have a stout 7 go for it.  

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