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, August 7, 2012

Florida Keys Guide Association

I came across this link for the history of the Florida Keys Guide Association and I found it fascinating.  It really gives a lot of detail on some of the great saltwater guides who revolutionized first flats fishing and then saltwater flats fishing.

One thing that is really neat to read are the early prices.  In 1957, a price of $25 per day was established to go flats fishing.  Imagine paying $25 today!

The Florida Keys are just an amazing place.  The fishing is tough, but if you bring your "A" game, the payoffs can be huge.  Organizations like the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association have really helped to raise the bar among Florida's flats guides and hence have helped make our sport what it is today.

I just reread 92 in the Shade.  Reading this history makes me want to go back and read it again.

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