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.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spanish Fly Tribute Week

It's really hard to believe that Jose Wejebe, the Spanish Fly, passed away last week.  Jose had been an anchor in the weekly fly fishing shows.  The Spanish Fly was one of the best.

This week the Bonefish Flat is dedicated to Captain Wejebe.  It's only fitting that a saltwater fly fishing Web site pay tribute to this fly fishing pioneer.  In addition to being a world class fisherman, Jose was a pilot.  On Friday, his plane crashed in Everglades City, Florida. The details still seem to be coming in, but the latest I can find is here.

Jose Wejebe.  Note the fly rod.
During the last few years I always wished there was more "fly" in the Spanish Fly.  But when you look at the business side of things, it makes sense why Jose used spinning rods, bait casting rods, and so forth.  The market for us fly fishers is small compared to the rest of the fly fishing world.  I have a hunch that when Jose fished on his day off, he was using a fly rod.  Now, he's fishing dry flies in heaven.  

Prayers go out to to Jose's family.



  1. Right on. Jose was an outstanding fisherman, entertainer, ambassador for the sport of fishing and human being.

  2. nicely said. he's up there using a giant purple tarpon streamer...