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, July 1, 2011

Five Degrees of Seperation

I just finished reading Dalva, by Jim Harrison, which is a really complicated book but I enjoyed how Harrison developed the story. My favorite Jim Harrison book is actually a collection of three novellas and it is Legends of the Fall. Be sure to check it out.

So Harrison was in the movie Tarpon directed by Guy de la Valdene featuring music by Jimmy Buffett and also starring Tom McGuane. McGuane, one of my favorite writers of all time, wrote 92 in the Shade which is an all time classic about a flats fishing guide. Incidentally, McGuane is married to Buffett's sister.

McGuane was also featured on Pirates of the Flats along with Bill Klyn of The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust. The Executive Director of BTT is Aaron Adams who I'm "friends" with on Facebook.

Whew, I think I'm going to go watch Tarpon.

Happy Fourth of July weekend everyone. I hope you are out on the water with fish boat side.

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