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, November 19, 2013

Back to School with Flip Pallot and Mad River Outfitters

Earlier this year I told folks about a great experience I had doing business with Mad River Outfitters. Well, they are putting on a trip of a lifetime. A sort if fantasy camp for salty brethren of the long rod.


Join Mad River and Flip Pallot for a saltwater fly fishing school on Ambergris Caye in Belize on April 12-18, 2014.

Joining Flip will be the founder and owner of one of the largest fly fishing outfitters in the country, Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outfitters. Brian is the host of the Mad River Media series of instructional fly fishing videos, author, fly designer and a veteran instructor. Not to mention, of course, he's a world-class saltwater angler with over 30 years of experience. Brian and Flip began working together over 14 years ago when they filmed a mess of episodes of the Walker's Cay Chronicles together. A solid friendship was easily formed and the two men began teaching schools like this at various locations. They also conducted many trips together including their famous "Florida Sampler Trips". As Flip will tell you himself.......... "Brian is one of the best instructors in the fly fishing industry today and you will be glad to work with him."

Details, details, details...


The "MRO Flip School"-


The Mad River Outfitters/Flip Pallot Saltwater Fly Fishing School will be held in San Pedro- Ambergris Caye in Belize from Saturday, April 12th- Friday, April 18th. 2014.

Flip Pallot Saltwater Fly Fishing School


You will arrive on Saturday the 12th at the San Pedro Airport via Belize City and be escorted to the oceanfront Villa that Flip and Brian have rented for the school. You do need to arrange your airfare to Belize City and then over to San Pedro....but it's super easy. Belize City is served by American and Delta and we use Tropic Air for the quick jump over to the island. We will provide you exact details on how to do this. A valid U.S. Passport is required to enter Belize.

We will have a "meet and greet" dinner on the night of arrival and an overview of the week to come.

The next day will be spent in "classroom" with Brian and Flip with an emphasis on your fly casting skills.....which is the single most important component in your saltwater success. Classes will run from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. so plenty of time before and after to relax, enjoy....or chase fish around the flats in front of the villa.

Day two will be spent with local guides chasing bonefish, tarpon and permit on the flats surrounding Ambergris Caye. After dinner will be a Q & A and discussion with Flip and Brian about your day.

Day three will be spent again in "classroom" with Brian and Flip and a variety of topics will be covered. You will have the evening off to relax, socialize, go to town, or....fish the flats right in front of the villa

Days 4 and 5 will be spent again with local guides on the flats surrounding the island.

Day 4 will feature "classroom" Q & A after dinner with Brian and Flip and day 5 will feature the "graduation ceremony".

You will depart the Ambergris Caye/San Pedro airport on Friday, April 18th. We will provide transportation (via golf cart) to the airport.

You need to bring basic tackle and flies. A detailed equipment listing will be provided upon sign-up. Basically you need to have an 8wt for bonefish and a 10wt for tarpon and permit, a few leaders and flies, and proper clothing and gear.

****Sign-up for this trip and Temple Fork Outfitters will give you a NEW Mangrove Fly Rod (designed by Flip) for FREE.......you pick....8wt- 12wt Click Here to view

Trip is limited to 12 anglers. A full detailed Info packet will be sent upon sign-up that will contain equipment listing, travel info and etc.

Included in this trip: Transportation from San Pedro airport to the villa, 6 nights lodging, all meals, Flip Pallot School, 3 days guided fishing, tons of fun

Not Included in this trip: Transportation to San Pedro, Belize (super easy and we'll tell you exactly how), tackle and flies, tipping of guides, staff and instructors


" Brian and I will transform you into better saltwater anglers.......period"- Flip Pallot



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Ultimate Man Cave

This one is so good I had to share.  Inspiring!!!




Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Grinning from Ear to Ear

If you're a fishing guide, you may not understand this but you might be interested in it.  I'm your average fly fishing addict whose daydreams follow a gaze out the window anxiously awaiting my next opportunity to reclaim a little bow time.  It's a beautiful thing when you put everything together for your next fishing trip.  But a good fishing trip usually begins with a good guide saying yes.

That's right.  You can pick your destination.  You can start tying flies.  You can ask a million questions on your favorite fishing forum.  But, if the guide you pick is booked, then its time to start over again.  Ever try to book your favorite keys tarpon guide in May or June?  Hope someone bequeathed you a week on their death bed, because those times just don't fall off the key lime tree.  Ever try to book your favorite bonefish guide in the Bahamas during April or May?  Hope you planned ahead.

So, when it came time for me to chase the redfish, I chose to try and book a trip with Captain Seth Vernon of Double Haul charters.  Dates weren't easy to come by, but we finally got some times that work and 2013 is now the year of the redfish.

Check out this video as a little teaser of what's to come.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Redfish Week

 

Courtesy of Capt. Seth Vernon

Sorry for the long pause in updates. I got sidetracked and I bought a Gheenoe, and if you've never seen one it's kind of like Duck Dynasty meets Hells Bay Boatworks. Or maybe just a cross between a Jon boat and a canoe. Either way, I have a 4 hp Evinrude on the back of this 13 footer so I guess that makes me an evinrude man now.

In bigger news, I'm heading out for my annual trip later this week to try my hand at the mighty redfish with Capt. Seth Vernon in Wilmington. I've been wanting to add a redfish, or red drum, or puppy drum, or bull red, or rat red, to my species list for some time so this week will be as good as any. Follow the blog this week as I update on the haps.

Stay tuned for much more to come. I've gotten some things written so new "stuff" is on the way!

 

 

Redfish Week




Courtesy of Capt. Seth Vernon

Sorry for the long pause in action here but I've been busy. I bought a Gheenoe, and if you've never seen one it's kind of like Duck Dynasty meets Hells Bay Boatworks. Or maybe just a cross between a Jon boat and a canoe. Either way, I have a 4 hp Evinrude on the back of this 13 footer so I guess that makes me an evinrude man now.

In bigger news, I'm heading out for my annual trip later this week to try my hand at the mighty redfish with Capt. Seth Vernon in Wilmington. I've been wanting to add a redfish, or red drum, or puppy drum, or bull red, or rat red, to my species list for some time so this week will be as good as any. Follow the blog this week as I update on the haps.

Stay tuned for much more to come. I've gotten some things written so new "stuff" is on the way!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Silver Lining

I usually try not to repeat information, videos, etc, that has made the rounds on other blogs or Web sites.  I just can't help myself on this one, though.  

Capt. Will Benson and his crew at World Angling have a new video out called Silver Lining.  The film looks at tarpon fishing and what's at stake as the cruise ship industry looks to dredge Key West harbor to allow bigger ships to port.  The impact this would have could be devastating to the tarpon fishery around Key West.



I've followed Capt. Benson's career and I can tell you he is a much sought-after guide in the Keys.  His movies are stellar and some of the best "homegrown" flicks out there.  In fact, they are my favorite because of they focus on saltwater fly fishing.

I watched Silver Lining this morning with my five year old son and he noticed that the picture featured on the cover of this film is the same one (or very similar) included as a pull-out poster in The Drake magazine a few issues back.  I took the poster and hung it in my home office.  Pretty neat to watch a five year old who lives in D.C. suburb pick up on the habits of tarpon.  It's amazing how much kids really do pay attention to things.    

Speaking of tarpon, I'm really starting to get the itch again.  Lot's of the Saturday and Sunday morning fishing shows have featured tarpon and I expect in another two or three weeks I'll have a pretty good case of outright tarpon fever.  


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Jon Makim Flies

I came across a fly tyer from Australia who really ties up some sweet, salty flies.  Jon Makim ties flies that ship all over the world and I bet you could find on any bonefish flat.  According his Web site, he has fly fished since his early twenties and was able to parlay that into a full time profession and now ties flies full time.
He has some really great crab patterns and shrimp patterns on his site that look really well tied.


Take a look and browse through his Web site.  He has some real eye candy on here for the flats and saltwater fly fisherman.



Here is a flats assortment of Jon's flies.  They can be purchased here.