We’ve got a mini photo gallery from Andros Island for you today, and it’s even got a theme. Groups of stuff!
Thanks to Kyle Shea for another great batch of shots.
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Adding mono eyes to your bonefish flies is a simple way to increase the realism of your patterns. Mono eyes are very simple to make and offer a good imitation of the beady eyes of most shrimp.
Sure, we could debate on whether the fish notice such details or not, but it sure doesn’t seem to hurt! If you want to give a little more life to your bonefish flies, try incorporating some mono eyes into your patterns.
Most often, mono eyes are made by melting the ends of monofilament into a ball and then coloring with permanent marker. However, our General Manager Mike Sanders has put in a lot of time at the vise and uses a slightly different method on his bonefish flies that is quick, easy, and super tasty looking once added to a fly.
Check out how he does it.
Cut a strand of monofilament a few inches long, fold in half, and crease in the middle. Slide a glass bead onto each end of the mono line.
Using a lighter, melt each end of the mono into a ball large enough to prevent the glass beads from sliding off the end.
With a permanent marker, color the end of the melted mono (this will be the pupil of the eye) and slide the glass beads down to each end of the mono.
Add a drop of urethane glue into the back end opening of each glass bead and let dry.
Tie into your favorite bonefish pattern!
Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is the non-profit at the forefront of efforts to learn about and protect the species that anglers love chasing on the flats. We have two pieces of BTT news to report today.
We hosted a team from BTT at Andros South this fall to conduct the first large-scale tagging of bonefish on South Andros Island. BTT wrote about it on their blog right here.
Despite how much we all love fishing for bonefish, to date we know very little about their life history. BTT reports on amazing recent observation and video of bonefish spawning aggregations. Very important and very cool!
Earlier this month we had the pleasure of fishing the flats with Andros South guest Harrison Perrin. While rigging up, he offered this simple tip when making the loop to loop connection between your fly line and leader to prolong the life of the coating on your factory loop. Check it out – we think you’ll like it.
Step 1: Make the same loop to loop connection you normally would between your leader and fly line loops, but do not draw it down completely tight.
Step 2: Slide your leader loop back and roll the remainder of the leader loop up over the factory loop of your fly line.
Step 3: Insert the standing end of your leader through the factory loop and draw tight. Make sure on this step to insert the leader on the same side of the loop that your leader loop knot is on.
Look back up top for the finished product!
Over time, the leader on a standard loop to loop connection will eventually wear and most likely cut through the coating of the factory loop on your fly line. If you target strong fighting fish that put a lot of stress on tackle, you have most likely seen this. However, by doubling-up your loop to loop connections, you distribute the stress on your factory loop over a greater area, thus prolonging the coating on your fly line.
By doubling up your loop to loop connections, you are also able to eliminate the possibility of your loops slipping over one another causing a far weaker connection. This is especially important when dealing with stiffer materials like those used in salt water.
Try doubling up on your loop to loop connections on both your backing to fly line and fly line to leader connections. That little added security should give you a little more peace of mind when Mr. Big makes that third unexpected run into the backing.
The first lesson you learn in blogger’s school is that at the end of the year, you have to write posts giving highlights of the year. We’re nearing the end of 2013, so today we present you with the 10 most popular posts we wrote during the year.
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Here’s a friendly reminder to avoid the ‘trout set’ when you’re bonefishing.
When fishing for bonefish it’s crucial to set the hook using a long hard strip rather than raising the rod tip. We have written detailed posts on this very subject in the past and if you have fished for bonefish before, you know exactly what we’re talking about. However, if you are more of a visual learner, or perhaps don’t buy into the theory, check out the photo above.
See the bonefish breaking the surface after the take? See the angler in “trout setting” fashion? See the fly above the angler’s right hand as it flies from the fish’s mouth? You get the point.
The next time you set the hook on a bonefish, laugh off the trout set from the fish before (like the rest of us), and strip set instead. You will land far more bonefish that way!
Dan Herrig is the Head Guide at Rapids Camp Lodge, our fly out operation in Bristol Bay.
Rapids Camp is located on the Naknek River, home to some giant rainbow trout. In the late season at Rapids Camp, there’s a phenomenal swing fishery for these rainbows.
If Dan was to step into a run on the Naknek in late September or early October, here’s what you’d find him fishing!
“After the salmon get done spawning in the middle of September, the trout move up onto the flat stretches – like very typical steelhead water. They’re eating the flesh that gets accumulated on the rocky structure, as well as the forage fish – sculpins, lampreys, smolts and more – that are chasing the flesh as well. It’s the perfect swing opportunity because most of the runs are 3-5 feet deep, moving about walking speed. It’s a kick in the pants.”
“At this time of year you’re going to find trout from 8 inches to 35 inches, and they’re all hungry. 15 pound tippet is the minimum and we’ll go up to 20. We get snapped off on the grab quite a bit.”
“This game is on from the 3rd week of September right through the end of the season on October 7th.”