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.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Steve Huff: Flats Guide Extrodinaire

Some of you may be wondering,  "How can I book a day of fishing with legendary Florida fishing guide Steve Huff?  I can't find a Web site or listing for him anywhere."

The answer is you can't.

In this article from Florida Today, outdoor columnist Bill Sargent talks with a living legend about fishing in Florida.

For those of you who don't know, Captain Huff is the guide who famously named Del Brown's Permit crab the Merkin.  Huff guided Brown often and one day Brown showed up with the new fly.  Huff said something like, "that looks like a Merkin."  History was made.  From what I've read, the late Brown wasn't particularly happy with the name of the new fly, but that's what Huff called it and so that's what it became.

This fly has revolutionized fly fishing for Permit.  Before the crab fly, the success rate for catching a Permit was so low that many fly anglers didn't bother fishing for the species.  With the Merkin, it was discovered that yes Permit will eat a fly and so a new flats game began.

The next time you run into Captain Huff, be sure to say thanks.

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