I forecast a High of 80 degrees and a chance of Bonefish

by Rebecca on March 16, 2011

in Fly Fishing for Bonefish

It’s probably a good thing I’ve been busy from sun up to sun down lately and just noticed this morning that it’s March 16th. As in…Holy Bonefish…I leave for the Deneki FIBFest,  Andros South, in exactly 9 days!

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This may or may not be a good time for random admissions. It might be more prudent of me to get the keys to my Bahama hut before I publicly come clean about my upcoming trip thoughts, but I’ve never been one to hold back on this website so here goes:

Random Pre-Trip Thoughts and Musings

I have never been saltwater fly fishing in my life.

I haven’t packed a single thing yet.

I did buy a plane ticket, so that’s got to score some points in the ‘prepared’ department.

I do have my St. Croix Legend Elite Saltwater Rod poised and ready for action. This rod and I just met each other, but I feel it already…chemistry!

I just signed up for the Bonefishing 101 Guide from the Deneki site in an effort to get a jump on the learning curve. To pad my reading curve,  I’ve kept an eye out for a book of yellow gold, specifically… ‘Bonefishing for Dummies‘ …that I can take on the plane. Haven’t located a copy yet.

I feel like the person who has played basketball in their driveway for the past 10 years and has been invited to join the Varsity Basketball team in the middle of the season. I know this is true, I’ve checked out the other fly fisherman of the FIBFest team and those guys know what they are doing!

To add saltwater to the league factor…I did a little blog scoping mission and discovered a few of them are busy tying special flies for this trip. Michael and Bjorn <~~right there, in those links…Tying Flies. I don’t do that. My only hope is during the poker games I’ve read about from the last FIBFest, hand tied flies land in the center of the table in lieu of greenbacks and I’m holding a full house.

I wonder just how much my fly fishing for trout and steelhead will translate on the water down there….

I’m going to be the saltwater rookie. The greenhorn. The newbie. The beginner who will probably floss a flustered guide through his nostril with an erratic cast.

I am grateful for Youtube and it’s infinite source of Bonefishing entertainment and learning by osmosis.

They have internet down at the lodge so I’m excited that I’ll get to post (hopefully) daily updates of how it’s going. Things like:
Day 1) Did not floss guide in the nostril but I did hook his hat and cast it an impressive distance
Day 2) Couldn’t get the theme song to Jaws out of my mind while wading through the surf……

I am going to ignore and hide my head in the white sands of tropical paradise over the fact I’ve noticed that Bonefish look suspiciously like a Whitefish.

And I’m totally and beyond excited to go. As in, I’m ready to go right now.

Actually, make that in 33 minutes. I need time to pack and watch one more Bonefish Youtube video, then I’ll be ready to go.

 

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

BjornNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

You are going to do fine.

MOST of your trout/steelhead won’t translate… however, I think that is kind of the fun of it. Learning new things keeps us alive.

Your ability to cast will be important, but you don’t need to cat 80 feet. You need to cast 40′ in the wind. That’s all.

You are going to botch some casts and blow some shots… but so am I… lots of them, and that’s part of the game and the game is still more fun than is reasonable.

I’m sure Gracie will let you use a few of his flies.

Countdown!

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RebeccaNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

Bjorn,
I hope you are right..on the doing fine part (and other points you made..ok, all of them)
I am excited for this new experience and I can’t wait to watch and learn from all of you. Thank you for the encouragement, I need it =)

Counting….

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BjornNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Nah, don’t learn from me… I don’t know that much, I just am really love it. I feel like a baseball reporter who only played little league.

Learn from the guides… they are the guys to pay attention to.

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MNAnglerNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

Good luck and have a fun trip. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to post daily. It will be fun to read about your adventures.

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RebeccaNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thank you! The plan is to write as often as I can, posting pictures, etc… You all will get to read about my struggles and hopefully humorous first time fly fishing for Bonefish experience.

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Functioning FishaholicsNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Can’t wait to see pictures!

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JMNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 10:23 am

Best of luck to you! I think you’re going to like those saltwater fish…

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RebeccaNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

Thanks JM…..I think you’re right =)

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RickNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

If everyone was ready for a trip and nothing was forgotten than something would really be wrong.
I sure hope you have a good time and look forward to hearing about the upcoming events. Don’t forget to take pictures.

Whitetail Woods™
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KirkNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Can I go? Put me in your carry-on and stow me in the overhead bin. Can’t be much worse than last weekend.

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IvanNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Maybe you can wrangle your way into some beginner’s luck and land a lunker/pig/monster/or whatever they call big bonefish on your first cast. Looking forward to the updates from somewhere much warmer than here.

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ClifNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Don’t forget to bring a towel.

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The River DamselNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm

You just need to cast “40′ in the wind”…no problema for you, Rebecca!!!
You will be fine…I have this feeling that you are a fast learner…watch out Bonefish!

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cofisherNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Kirk, sit down…it’s someone else’s turn to go. Rebecca have a wonderful time. Come back with some great stories.

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KirkNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Ouch, tough crowd!

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MelNo Gravatar March 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm

But, Rebecca, you have caught Rocky Mountain “Bonefish”. You hated those! You will love the new and improved Bonefish from salt water. Happy hook ups!

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Tom ReutebuchNo Gravatar March 17, 2011 at 12:53 am

Bucket list trip… flyfishing for bonefish.. can’t wait to read your entries. I’m sure you will do fine!

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OwlNo Gravatar March 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Just don’t forget your bikini tippets. I hear you need those for saltwater fishing or something. They put one in every braided leader I buy from Orvis and I always throw them out. They’re never my color. I think I said that right, didn’t I ? yeah. I did.
Have a great time!

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DanNo Gravatar March 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Be sure to ask Bjorn to bring some of his homemade caramels along with a handful of his flies. I was fortunate enough to get this gift at our local club Christmas part a couple years ago. The dude can make candy too.

Best of luck.

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Fontinalis RisingNo Gravatar March 27, 2011 at 6:38 am

I’ll have to content myself with golden bonefish here. Go get ‘em Rebecca! We’re pulling for you. I feel like I get to go- vicariously, which will have to suffice for now.

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