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TroutEd 12-11-2013 12:46 PM

Hey Guys
I'm new to the forum but came for the trout side..hence the name. Interestingly I have a sudden need to get up to speed on bonefishing very quicky. More about why later but any push in the right direction as to books and such would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Sorry for the short post..I'll be more verbose after

catspaw 12-11-2013 12:52 PM

Re: Hey Guys
Two books by Dick Brown, one on fly fishing for bones and the other on patterns, second place goes to Chico's book on Bonefish.

gt05254 12-11-2013 12:54 PM

Re: Hey Guys
Chico Fernandez wrote the modern "bible" on bonefishing, including flies, equipment, etc. That'll be an easy google or amazon find. mebbe even fleabay.


edit: catspaw's post came while I was writing mine. +1 for his thoughts on Dick Brown's books. I have the "Fly Fishing for Bonefish" in hardcover. If you're interested in buying it, send me a pm.

Ard 12-11-2013 01:15 PM

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Hi Ed,

Welcome to the forum, as you can see there will be support for your questions here. We have more bone collectors within the group and I hope they will spot your post and answer.

I do hope you'll remember us and share those pictures of the sandy beach's and palm trees when you get home from the trip :)


jpbfly 12-11-2013 01:33 PM

Re: Hey Guys you've already seen...lots of helful and friendly people here;)

cochise 12-11-2013 02:07 PM

Re: Hey Guys
quick, learn how to cast a 7-9 wt rod into the wind with accuracy to 80'. Bam! you're there. Use a crazy charlie and as long as you get in in their face before spook, then you are in like flynn. can i go.

mcnerney 12-11-2013 03:09 PM

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TroutEd: Welcome to the forum and good luck with the Bone fishing!


Liphookedau 12-11-2013 03:46 PM

Re: Hey Guys
Hi & Welcome.
A mate of Mine & his Fishing Mate Drove Across Australia to Bone Fish he had never Fished for them before & told me it was a Real New Ball Game with a Big Learning Curve.
So Good Luck.

Eddie O'Neill 12-11-2013 03:56 PM

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Welcome to the forum and good luck with the new venture:)

riderfisher 12-11-2013 04:10 PM

Re: Hey Guys

Originally Posted by cochise (Post 619661)
quick, learn how to cast a 7-9 wt rod into the wind with accuracy to 80'. Bam! you're there. Use a crazy charlie and as long as you get in in their face before spook, then you are in like flynn. can i go.

This is funny, but there's actually more truth to it than humor. :D

I just got back from my first two days (ever) of bonefishing last week. Used my Sage 8wt with a matching Wulff Bermuda Triangle WF/FF line and caught 14 bones over two days, with two guides, in two different places. Here's how it happened.

Got roped into a family reunion Carnival cruise to the western caribbean over Thanksgiving (don't ask how); after overcoming the initial horror and subsequent depression about having to use actual vacation days for this event, I decided to make lemonade out of this massive lemon. First two stops were Cozumel and Belize City, guess what fish happens to be as prevalent in those places as trout are in the Madison? You betcha. So, I started reading, surfing and learning. I found Chico Fernandez book
(as others have mentioned) and downloaded to my Kindle- really great book- but you'll need time to absorb it. Here's some links to a couple other resources I also found useful:

Bonefish; The Retrieve, The Hookup, and Fight- article from the Florida Keys Outfitters website, also by Chico, kinda like Cliff Notes for his book :D this takes you to the Deneki Lodges website, which they have a lodge on Andros Island in the Bahamas devoted to bones. Link is specifically to a page where at the bottom you can put in your email address (yes, you'll get newsletters from them after that but they're way cool) and then they'll also email you a pdf of their primer guide for bonefishing, which has some nice tips and techniques.

Lastly, get some qualified casting coaching with your 7-9wt rod and then practice as much as humanly possible before going. Hands down, nothing is more important to your success and enjoyment going after these (or any other s/w) fish. I spent $45 on a hour session with a guy at my local shop the week before going and was SUPER glad I did. Also, these guys really know their stuff when it comes to flies- when I showed the guides my box full of S.S.' Foxy Gotchas and B-Turds, they put theirs away- and let the bones destroy mine! (Check out their location specific Fly Kits, and use them as a guide to pick and choose individual flies if you want a smaller selection.)

Hooked up with a couple guides, was sure to let them know I was a stupid newbie, and had at it. Five bones to hand wading the flats on the north end of Cozumel the first day, nine bones to the net from the casting deck of a panga running around the islets of the Turneffe Atoll the second day. Couple of them ran 3-4 lbs, but most were in the 2-3 lb category- but all were a BLAST and most took me well into the backing. One of the best trips I've ever had- good luck, hope this helps!

P.S. Most of my casts were lucky to make it 60-70 ft, and I still did OK. :rolleyes:

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