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!
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.