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.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Late Night Fly Tying Gotcha Style

Here's the scene Sunday morning after a late night of fly tying and NCAA basketball.

I began playing with a few versions of the Gotcha and decided to tie one as prescribed by Charlie's Fly Box which is a really great site if you're a fly tier. In fact, I think Charlie has the best all around site around in terms of how-to tie. Be sure to check out his site.

I tried my hand at tying his Gotcha and here is what I came up with.

I've been working to make the wings on my Gotcha thinner, or tied more sparsely. If you're tying the Gotcha in my video, be sure to make the wing a little thinner, too.

Here's another pic of the Gotcha. I was really happy with how it turned out.

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