This is a guest blog post from Bjorn, who writes the excellent and extremely popular blog Bonefish on the Brain.
The Caribbean is known for many things. There is the conch, sun, rum, diving, and, if you happen to be an angler, there are bonefish. Bonefish certainly frequent the shallow flats of Turks & Caicos and anglers headed there may rue the day they decided to leave their fly rods at home.
Bonefish are tough to catch and are one of the ultimate gamefish. To give some perspective, a bonefish can swim upwards of 25 miles an hour (a trout can swim 5 mph). They are a worthy target.
If you are interested in pursuing bones while down in T&C, here is what you’ll need:
- Fly Rod – 7-9 wt.
- Fly Reel – Capable of dealing with the salt
- Tropical Fly Line – get one of the purpose built tropical lines
- Nine foot leader and 16# floro tippet
- Flies (#2-6 tan gotchas are pretty ubiquitous bonefishing flies)
- Polarized sunglasses
Of course, some sunscreen and maybe some saltwater wading boots go a long way as well.
Bonefishing is more akin to hunting than to most trout fishing. You first have to find the fish and you don’t cast until you do. The fish will be in 6”-2’ of water, usually coming up on the flats as the tide comes in. They are sometimes called “grey ghosts” because they can so easily blend into their background.
When it all comes together, it is magical. Bonefish will show you your backing in a couple of seconds and the power of the fish is really hard to overstate. Once you hook one, you’ll be back in pursuit of others.
To prepare fully for your trip, I suggest the book Fly-Fishing for Bonefish by Chico Fernandez and Dr. Aaron Adams.
- Bjorn, at Bonefish on the Brain
Bjorn has interviewed a lot of people out there who know an awful lot about bonefish and the places they are found. Read Bjorn’s bonefish interviews here.
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