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, March 25, 2010

Bonefish Fly Tying Series: The Crazy Charlie

The Crazy Charlie fly was developed by Charlie Smith on Andros Island.  Charlie ran the famous "Bang Bang Club" which, in the early days, was what you would picture as a true out island bonefishing experience.  Charlie is truly a bonefishing legend.

If you really want to check out a great fly fishing film about Charlie and his fly, check out In Search of a Rising Tide or Drift.  Jamie Howard put together Rising Tide and has done Location X and Chasing Silver about Tarpon.  Drift is done in part by Tom Bie at The Drake.

Continuing our bonefish fly tying series, here's the Crazy Charlie.

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