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.

Friday, June 11, 2010

WORLDAngling's Will Benson on The Spanish Fly

I know it aired a month ago or so, but my DVR and the episode of the Spanish Fly with Captain Will Benson never really jived. So the DVR finally got it right, and I had a few minutes to watch Capt. Benson guide Jose Wejebe to several bonefish and a permit on the flats of Key West.

Lots of interesting things you pick up on this episode if you watch closely. I like Will's line about why he likes fly fishing. He says, "You never can master it. You learn something new every day."

This is how I feel about fly fishing, too. It's always something new and its a challenge. Me against the fish...or the wind...or whatever.

Here's my reel, a conch, and a bonefish flat.

Here's a picture from my last trip that I like. I hope everyone has a great Friday and a fish filled weekend. Don't forget, if you have a fishing report you'd like to share, please send it along to me, JT, at bonefishflat@gmail.com.

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