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  1. An amazing run. More so when you consider his father Gus Amaral weighed in the first striped bass of the first derby. Reaux
  2. Captain Cook, oldest and largest lodge on the Island. Good news is that it is close the airport, on the other hand London where your boat is docked is half an hour away - a slow ride with lots of speed bumps between Capt Cook and London. They have good guides there, half of your days will be truck days the other half, of course, are boat days. See if they'll take you to the 'Wreck' on one of your truck days (best on the last half of the falling tide and first half of the coming tide) if you go there bring some algae flies. On one of your boat days see if they'll take you to Cook Island - land on the beach on the southern tip of the Island walk a **little** way up Island and fish the "pools" in the reef which are revealed during the falling tide for a myriad of reef fish - GTs will also show there typically fleetingly. Nice flies they'll work. Pretty much all the guides want you to use are CI Specials most often in size 6. Try making a few with wiggly rubber legs like below. Though you may have to sneak it onto your leader when the guide isn't looking. Reaux Addendum: I don't think I quite answered your question. Yes! CI Specials will catch the reef fish - though rubber legged auxiliary flies might entice some of the more picky eaters => that said every fish, by and large, seems to be voraciously hungry all the time. Very Refreshing.
  3. Looking forward to your trip I deduce. I don't know where you are staying, what lodge etc. - I will say this irrespective of which lodge or booking you have your guides, and you will have a guide unless you throw a hissy fit, will be dedicated in producing the most fish possible for you. Drag burning fish - this of course means bonefish and there are lots of them there, and frankly I grow weary of bonefish after the first couple dozen. You may be satisfied with this as most people seem to be addicted to the 'big pull', but there are other options which I've tried to suggest here. To me the outside flats are fascinating for the sheer variety of different fish you may potentially encounter, oh and yes - there are fish there besides the pretty little dinks capable of providing one with the 'big pull' . . . which usually results with the never seen monster steaming off towards the horizon with what's left of your leader. Don't worry about loosing flies, most people come with four hundred gazillion flies neatly packed away - I doubt you'll loose two dozen. Don't be afraid to put your foot down and let your piscatorial desires be known and understood. Some more pretty pictures of dinks. Cheilinus trilobatus Tripletail wrasse Epinephelus spilotoceps Foursaddle grouper Epinephelus merra Honeycomb grouper Epinephelus tauvina Greasy grouper Trachinotus baillonii Swallow Tail Dart ID's made by brother Pete, who's persistence know no bounds. Good luck, Reaux
  4. Hi David, Oh my. Where to start? I'll have to work on this and see where we differ in identifications. Here is the 'blue wrasse' that I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to catch, brother Mike of course had no such problem. and Thalassoma purpureum Surge wrasse (male) I have the parrot fish as: Scarus frenatus. The blackish surgeon fish as: Acanthurus nigrofuscus I'll have to check in the morning on my ID's. Thanks for posting yours - taxonomy was never my forte. Reaux
  5. Go here for pictures of algae flies. I now favor the second and third fly. You know there are something like 200 species of fish. or more, in the CI waters. My brother is in communication with an Australian gentleman who's new mission in life is to see how many species of fish he can catch on fly rods. We tried for three or five days and easily got over thirty species mostly on the 'outside' flats - not the lagoon flats. If you get a chance have them take you to the "Korean Wreck" best on the last three hours of the ebb tide and the first three of the coming. I heard that recently Australian jiggers landed the first dog toothed tuna from CI offshore by Poland. Just saying that there is more to CI than pancake flats and an endless parade of bonefish. Reaux
  6. Hi Brian, the glasses are Wiley X which are mirrored green with subtle hints of blue creeping in depending upon how the light hits the exterior, from the inside everything is amber both the appearance of the interior surface and the visual effect of looking through them. As you know amber improves contrast and I need all the help I can get, for me bonefish are damn hard to see. I brought three pairs from different manufactures all in amber tint. I'll do better in a future more detailed post. probably in collaboration with my partner in adventure Daveinyk. In the meantime a little search here for the thread "In Search of My Backing" posted after my first trip may prove to be of some interest. In many respect Triggers are more fun and rewarding than Bonefish. Reaux
  7. From the album Christmas Island