Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bonefish Attempt- Aruba

Warning- there are no fish in this report.

So I went to Aruba on my honeymoon and it was awesome.  The beach is awesome, the food is great, the whole island is fun and the company was superb.  I had read up on the island and knew that there are some game fish around the island.  There are (allegedly) tarpon, permit and bonefish haunting the crystal clear water on the flats and in the lagoons.  I tied flies, I dusted off the 9 weight, I begged my fiancee to let my bring all this junk and I ignored warnings from wiser men that I should not try to fish on my honeymoon.

I woke up real early one morning to avoid the beachgoers.  I walked at least 2 miles searching for fishy looking water.  I got blisters.  I got a sunburn.  I saw no fish.  I walked more.  I saw something... tails.  I cast... I cast again... I changed flies... nothing.  After a while I realized that these were not bonefish because I walked all the way up on them and I could see that they were pretty small.  Still don't know what they were.

 Saw a ton of pretty scenery... with no fish.

 The 9 weight was ready to rock.

Flogged water with shrimp, crabs, clousers and baitfish patterns.

 Continued to flog.

Looks like a bonefish flat right?  What you can't see is that there are huge all inclusive resorts about 50 feet away.  I did actually see what I thought was a silver tail on one of these flats.  It may have been a mirage to be honest because I forgot my water bottle and I think I dehydrated there at the end.  Luckily for me, a bus happened by and I paid 2 bucks to get back to my hotel and my lovely new wife.  I drown my sorrows over my lack of bonefish with a fruity island drink at the giant pool by the beautiful beach... ok it wasn't that bad.

I still want to catch a bonefish.

Gift Fly Boxes

Just wanted to show off the groomsman gifts I made for my bros that stood with me as I got hitched to a wonderful woman (who puts up with my fishing problem.) 

I just got these sweet little Allen Fly Co. waterproof boxes and tied about six flies each.  I did ten of these so it took the better part of my free time for a week.  

Not all of my groomsmen fish- but I figured this might help them get into it.  For my dad and my father in law, I used these awesome Montana Fly Co. boxes.  They were pricier but they were worth it.  Ended up deciding to throw in some really basic trout flies and a "bonus fly" for each guy.  I think it turned out to be a pretty decent gift, or at least better than a monogrammed shaving brush or some junk.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Reading Material.

Bored at work?  Need some fish pics and something to daydream about? Try "A Tight Loop" E- magazine. I dig it.  You probably will too.  Some great articles about fishing in Arkansas too.

Also- Southern Culture on the Fly just came out with a new issue.  It's awesome.