numbskull

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    Patient wife, impatient dog
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  1. Just returned from a DIY bonefish trip to N Caicos. Second time around for this place. We have the logistics down well. Fished hard, usually dawn to @4pm (later on the single day the wind died). Tough conditions, wind a legitimate 18-22kts most days......although serious cloud cover only one. Got sick, probably the flu. Came near to collapse one day and skipped fishing the next. Caught fish most days......anywhere from 1-6, usually 3-4. Low numbers, but saw plenty and cast at plenty. The humble pie bit regards my conversion ratio. I probably hooked about 20% of the fish I had decent chances at. I have some thoughts that might help others also on the steep part of the DIY learning curve. On foot, in the wind, the fish are going to be very close. You've got to get the fly to the fish and the fish has to see it. Use something that is either bright or contrasts with the bottom. Leave the realistic subtle stuff for better days. You want a fly with small lead eyes. Usually when wading you don't.....too much splash........but in tough wind splash doesn't matter and directional turnover does. Upline your rod. A 9wt line on an 8wt rod is good. Your going to be making most casts with less than the full 30' of head outside your rod tip. Forget about shooting line. If anything pull back to help turn the fly over. TEACH YOURSELF TO CAST CROSSWIND 30-40' WITH YOUR WEAK HAND. This is crucial (it doubles the number of realistic chances you will have) and is not that hard. You're not trying to double haul or carry a lot of line. You're just trying to lay out a straight line in front of a close in fish. The cross wind will pull slack from your back cast so it is pretty easy to learn to make a smooth forward stroke and turn over a decent loop. You can do it. Practice a little when waiting to find fish. When you first see the fish make up your mind which hand you'll need to use, shift the rod, and get ready to go. Don't quit on a spooked fish. When it is windy and rough they often don't go very far and sometimes even circle back take a better look. Don't expect to find fish where the were the day before. It doesn't seem to work that way. Probably your presence the day before has had an effect, but also, in wind, water gets pushed around and the water level where and when you found them one day will be subtly different the next.......and with bonefish a 1/2" difference in depth means a lot it seems. Hunt shallow and slow. The wind torn surface will kill your visibility in much over 12" of water.......and 12" is plenty of water for bonefish......too much probably since it means there is even skinnier water they likely are trying to access close by. I'm thinking that 6-8" is their sweet spot in the wind. I'm curious if other's experiences are similar.
  2. Grand Cayman is painfully expensive but has plenty of bonefish and so much else to do (including loads of excellent restaurants) that your wife and family will be glad to be rid of you for most of the day. There are DIY options as well as guided shore and small boat options.
  3. Dishwasher surfactant (the stuff you can add to prevent glassware spotting) mixed in some water works fine. A disadvantage is that clear silicone takes on a opaque white appearance when in the water.......presumably some sort of refractive issue.
  4. Plenty of 28-32" fish at night this year. What burns me is the lack of 40-45" fish, which have clearly been vacuumed out of the biomass over the last several years.
  5. That's helpful, thanks. I already bought one with the thought it might be useful on the tougher windy days while wading (i.e., close in chances). Sounds like maybe it will.
  6. Anyone have experience using Airflo's 7' floating bonefish polyleader? Sounds short but supposedly turns over 4-12' tippets. Thanks
  7. I had one go flying overboard in front of my eyes while running my boat at 25 kts. The line blew over and the water resistance pulled the rod right out of the boat. Fortunately it was in about 8 ft of clear water over a sand bottom so I was able to find it and get it back.
  8. We catch small fish along the Elizabeths until Thanksgiving many years.........although after mid Nov the chance at anything decent is very small. Sadly, this entire fall the chance at anything decent has already been very small.....and each year has gotten worse over the last 3-4 years. Still, there often is a final push of good fish on sea herring the beginning of Nov if you get the weather to have at 'em. Right now Great Harbor WH is packed with small fish on peanut bunker. Still some albies around as well.
  9. Give it up. They are federally protected and MA has no say in the matter beyond their few votes in congress. Supporting the marine mammal protection act makes the majority of citizens in the US, most of whom will never visit MA, feel good about themselves. Their representatives are not going to take this away from their constituents just to benefit us fishermen and a few swimmers.
  10. I don't think this line is available anymore, at least in a 7wt. Been trying to get one for 3 months. Always on "back order", even from Airflo.
  11. They've been around for several days now. This little guy ate a bunny fly thrown on a 7 wt (I was looking for bonito). Sorry for the gory picture.
  12. "The River Home" and "A Place on the Water" by Jerry Dennis. Both are collections of fishing themed short stories, some fictional and some not. They are exceptionally well written and something you will enjoy rereading time and again....they are that good. "Reading the Water" by John Post, as recommended above, is another very enjoyable book.
  13. Dave Peros does light tackle charters out of Falmouth, knows what he's doing, and works very hard for his clients. Mid Sept-Oct is MV derby time in Vineyard Sound which means you'll have plenty of derby dicks to contend with. Keep in mind that three guys on a fly fishing charter generally means only two can fish at a time.
  14. I use nothing else other than a white bunny fly for bonito and have for 20 years. Simple fly, just a strip of rabbit fur and two strands of flashabou pulled through a pearl body braid body (with 3/16" of braid protruding past the hookbend to stop fouling and then tied at both ends). Get it in front of them and they'll eat it. Albies won't touch it, however.
  15. Difficult access is a godsend. Keeps 99.9% of other fishermen away, and if someone else shows up it is a good bet that they are worth getting to know.