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, August 11, 2010

Uptown Angler New Orleans

I'm going to start a new series on The Bonefish Flat called "Fly Shops I Dig."  Most fly shops are geared toward fresh water fishing because most fly fishing is done on the trout streams.  There is nothing wrong with that.  In fact, I love drifting a dry fly to a sipping trout or swinging a nymph to a big brown, but for us salty fanatics, we sometimes have "special needs."

Enter the Uptown Angler in downtown New Orleans.  They're geared toward fishing the bayou's of New Orleans or chasing poon's on the gulf coast.  They had the latest and greatest in flats gear.  They also had the new freedom hawk kayaks which are designed for standing up so you can sight-cast to fish.

Most importantly, they have a great group of guides who will take you out fishing for a monster red.  I highly recommend Greg so if you give them a call, be sure to tell him J.T. sent you.

To top it all off, they have a kick ass logo designed by Tim Borski.

New sticker for the fish truck.

The Uptown Angler also had tons of books and DVD's on saltwater flyfishing.  The selection of fly tying materials for the salt is unmatched.  They had a super cool set of "designer" spoon flies complete with the Saints logo to commemorate the Who Dat Super Bowl victory.  If your in New Orleans, be sure to stop in and say hello.  If you need to pick up some gear, or you need a cool hat or cool t-shirt, check out their web site here or give them a call at 504-529-3597.  

Of course I had to score a hat. 


  1. One of my favourite shops. I'm glad you were able to stop in. Passing through Mobile?

  2. Hey Lawrence,
    I'm actually back in DC. I was in New Orleans for only 2 and half days and most of that was for work. Greg is a great guy in the shop who i've known for a little while. If I'm ever in Mobile, I'll look you up. I'd love to catch a redfish with you.


  3. I'm in NYC. I needed something that no one else seemed to be able to get hold of except Urban Angler. They didn't have exactly what I wanted but gave me a call, worked it out and sent it up the next day. Quality service.

  4. Hello Anonymous,
    Thanks for reading. The Urban Angler rules. They have a second store in Arlington, VA, which is where I live and I get a lot of stuff from them. Very knowledgeable staff. I had them redo my backing on two reels before my last big trip and they did a great job. I will feature them as one of the "shops i dig" soon.

    Thanks again for reading.