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.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Three in a Row

Ok, so three in a row on conservation. This one is on river close to where I live, and close to the nation's capital, so it is a must read. According to the Washington Post, the Potomac is "toxic stew" with problems related to runoff and hormones in the water (the hormones are from birth control which gets into the water, well, you can figure it out).

The hormones are thought to be one of the reasons that male bass are having eggs. More importantly, it is unknown what this toxic stew will do to people since the Potomac is the major source of drinking water for the Washington DC area.

Be sure to read this article.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay

Two conservation posts in a row! Wow!

I saw this article yesterday in the Washington Post and wanted to make sure everyone read it. I'm skeptical as I fish the bay fairly regularly and think its close to dead. The guys who troll multiple rods really take the sport out of rockfishing (striped bass).

For people who don't fly fish, I tell them its like hunting with a bow. If this is the case, then trolling is like hunting with an AK-47.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Important NY Times Editorial on Bluefin Tuna

Today's New York Times Editorial included an important editorial on overfishing of tuna.  While I've never caught any tuna on a fly rod, I hope one day I can.  If I can't, I hope my daughter or son will. 

Here's a link to the piece.  Be sure to read it. 


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bonefish Flat on Facebook

The bonefish flat is now on Facebook. Not sure how this is going to work, but i wanted to make sure i reserved the space. If you're on Facebook, check us out under pages and look for The Bonefish Flat. I have a few pictures up of me, surprise, surprise, with a few fish.

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Longest Silence

Good title since it's been a while since i've posted anything. I did manage a fishing trip out west to Colorado to fish for trout on the Frying Pan River and the Roaring Fork River. I stayed in the town of Basalt, Colorado and had a great trip. I caught a lot of fish, both browns and rainbows, and had some great discoveries.

Basalt is a great little town that would be fun for the whole family. Be sure to check it out and check out Taylor Creek Fly Shop if you go. Ask for Cam, he'll hook you up.

I just picked up Thomas McGuane's book, The Longest Silence, which is a collection of his short stories. Anyone who considers his or her self a flats junkie should read his classic 92 in the shade. It's a classic book about a bonefishing guide in the Keys in the good ole days. Be sure to read it and let me know what you think.