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, August 5, 2012

The Legendary Bonefish Folley Passes

Legendary bonefish guide Israel Rolle, known as Bonefish Folley, passed away at his home on the West End of Grand Bahamas Island last week.  You can check out his full obituary here.  Bonefish Folley was born on Andros and made a name for himself fishing on Bimini with people like Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Richard  Nixon.

The Legendary Bonefish Folley
Anytime someone earns the "Bonefish" moniker before their name, you know they are a good guide and have earned their stripes.  (No, I'm not known as Bonefish J.T. ...yet)  I was supposed to fish with Bonefish Folley's son, Tommy, a few years ago but it didn't quite work out.  I actually talked to Bonefish Folley when I was trying to setup my trip with Tommy but he had long since stopped guiding.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bonefish Folley's family.  I'm sure he's fishing on that big flat in the sky right now.

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