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 3, 2010

Walkers Cay Jackpot--Thank you Hells Bay

My favorite "fishing" celebrity is without a doubt Flip Pallot.  The Walkers Cay Chronicles was the best Sunday fishing show ever.  Period.  Why the show went off ESPN is beyond me, but it did and so all we fans can do is go fly fishing.

I was just surfing on Hell's Bay Web site and I hit the jackpot.  The site has many "lost" episodes of Walkers Cay so be sure to check them out.  The link is HERE. 

I've been a fan of Hells Bay for a long time and have followed the company for some time.  The company was started by Flip and Hal Chittum and was noted as a boat for captains and anglers very serious about shallow water fishing.  A few years back the company fell into bankruptcy and has emerged bigger and better than ever.  Not really sure what happened, but the company went under and lots of people lost out on boats that had been ordered.

Not good.

Fast forward a few years and Captain Chris Peterson bought the company and has turned it around.  The boats are better than ever with Peterson having brought back Tom Gordon, a master boat builder, to the company.  Gordon was one of the original builders but left during the turmoil years and founded his own company, Gordon Boatworks.

Some day I WILL have a Hells Bay Marquesa.  In the meantime, I'll keep wearing my Hells Bay shirt and dreaming.

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