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, March 17, 2010

Toxic Waters and Save the Glades

Toxic Poo
Some of you may have seen the series I have been posting from the New York Times called Toxic Waters. It's a very in depth series about the status of our nation's drinking water. The current article came out this week and it details how old our water systems really are and how much it costs to update them.

Why does this matter and who really cares?

Anyone who enjoys rivers and oceans should. Just as an example of my backyard, the Potomac River is regularly flooded with poo and all sorts of other nasty sewage after big rains. The Potomac flows into the Chesapeake Bay which is home to where most of the Stripped Bass on the East Coast spawn each year. It is also home of hordes of baitfish which will feed some of our other favorite saltwater species like Redfish.

Be sure to read this article so you can better understand how old our country's infrastructure really is and why we should be paying attention.

Sugar in the Glades

I've pulled another article from the NYT which talks about controversy surrounding a recent attempt by Florida to preserve, at great cost, a huge parcel of land in the Everglades. Turns out it may not be such a great deal after all.

However, I'm inclined to think that any preservation of the Everglades, no matter how big or small, is a good thing for the country.

Read the article and you decide.

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