Someone asked for some more views of that Glassback Reverse Gotcha, so I tied one and put some pics together. Here they are (click on this link to the images).
I thought I’d share a little bit about what is getting the search traffic here at BOTB and what that reveals about you, the angling public. Below are the 10 top locations searched for on Bonefish on the Brain.
10. Kauai – I’ve been there. I’ve seen fish. I’ve cast at them. Sadly, I haven’t caught them there and I doubt I’ll be back. Kauai is part of my past. Beautiful place though.
9. Costa Rica – An odd one, since there are very few bones there, so far as I know. I guess people are searching for bones there and so they find this blog in the search.
8. Water Cay Lodge – A very specific search. I’ve been there and certainly have written a bit about it. Grand Bahama is a very, very fishy place.
7. Andamans – I had to look this up. I have written a post about the Andamans (Indian Ocean), but it certainly isn’t top of mind.
6. St. Thomas – Another disappointing search for people, I’d think. What I’ve written about St. Thomas (mostly an interview) said there were bones there, but they were few and far between, the structure wasn’t ideal and there were many more tarpon there than bones.
5. St. Brandon’s – Not a surprise. I’ve written a lot about St. Brandon’s and I think about that place often… very often… like now.
4. Christmas Island – Another place that is top of mind for me as well. If you are a Pacific Coast angler, this is likely where you will look to get your Geet.
3. Andros – The search term was actually “flies for Andros,” but I’ll count it as Andros. I’ve actually fished Andros and think about that experience often.
2. Culebra – A bit of a surprise. Culebra is not a big place, but it sounds very, very lovely. This Puerto Rican island is fairly undeveloped at this point, although I wouldn’t expect that to stay true for long.
My top location search… drum roll please…
1. Grand Bahama – This is the place I’ve fished the most for bones. It is easy to get to, has a wide range of lodging and angling options and is the place I caught my first bonefish. Awesome place.
Cameron over at The Fiberglass Manifesto is pretty much the King of Fly Fishing Bloggers at this point (I am a minor Duke or Earl from an obscure and hard to pronounce region of the blogosphere).
With Christmas comes TFM’s 12 Days of Christmas. Gear to give away. Who could argue with that? Go there, participate, and maybe get some good stuff from the fine sponsors he’s got lined up.
I want to share this video with you all. I deeply enjoy some of the people connected with this project. I’ve fished Andros with Rebecca and Florida with Matt. I have talked to both of them at some length and I like them immensely as people. They are good souls. This movie has a lot of their souls exposed. You can pick them up, turn them around in your fingers and feel their grit. It’s heartfelt. A Deliberate Life.
Watching this now I do feel I have some perspective. I’ve gone through a few big shocks and changes in the past few years and I’ve come through all of it really better than could be expected.
I could have really tried to make a full go at living the passion when I got laid off in August. I really considered it and I had the support of my wife in doing so (she’s awesome). However, I ended up going a different route (although I’m still doing some work for Angling Destinations and who knows, maybe that will be what I do, full time, at some point down the line). I opted for
Sales Client Services. I made a choice to talk to people about Heparin Antibody Panels and Platelet Aggregation instead of talking to people about fishing Andros/Los Roques/Belize.
I’m about 99.8% sure I made the right choice. I’m happy in it. I’m content in my work. It was a choice I made deliberately, consciously and of my own will.
In the wake of my divorce I made the decision I would be happy (although I’m a happy person, naturally, it has to be said). It was an easy choice for me, but there are plenty of folks who have not gone that route when faced with that particular fork in the road. Fast forward to today and I’m happily remarried and expecting a son any day now. I made a choice and lived that choice. Good things followed.
So maybe living deliberately isn’t as simple as just giving up your corporate gig to chase trout or bonefish or pike. Maybe it is about being wakeful in the choosing and loving your choice. That’s what I’m taking away from A Deliberate Life.
People like lists, right? I was thinking about what I’d put on my list. What are the angling milestones I’d like to reach? There are certainly some things I’d like to do. Here’s my list.
(Note: I don’t talk about goals including my soon-to-be-here son. I haven’t met him yet and I don’t know if he’s going to find joy in the outdoors and in fishing like I do (and like his sister does at this point). So, maybe I’ll add to the list after he gets here, I get to know him and we see what gives him joy. I hope it is fish, but I won’t force it on him.)
- A 10 pound bonefish. I haven’t even come close. I’ve seen some and even cast at a few, but I was never really in the game.
- A 100 pound tarpon. I’ve just love to see one up close (and not at Robbies) and see it jump.
- A Deschutes Steelhead. I have only fished the upper reaches of that river, but I really do love that area.
- A Bull from the Metolius. I hooked one once, and it was an awesome experience.
- See my daughter catch a fish on a fly, by herself. Hell, I might even give her first crack at the good water.
- Dorado. I’ve never fished the blue water. Just haven’t done it. I’d love to hook into a Dorado, and, while I like eating them, I’d like to let it go.
- Marbled Trout. In 1997 I took a train to Zagreb and along the way the train paralleled a beautiful river. Croatian waters have been in my thoughts ever since.
- St. Brandon’s. This just looks like the most bad-ass fishery I can imagine. I had a chance to go earlier this year and couldn’t swing it. That haunts me still.
- Christmas Island. I’m a West Coaster, so that seems like a place I need to get to. GT’s, Bones and more and in the Pacific. I’d like to not chum my Geet.
- Catch another steelhead on the Klamath with my dad. I grew up fishing the Klamath for steelhead, but it has been a long time since I’ve been on a trip on that river with my dad. I’d like to do that again.
- I’d like to do some kind of shark tagging with my daughter, the girl who loves sharks.
- Take my girl up to the Babine river. My daughter’s middle name is Babine and there is a hole on the Babine River named after my grandfather. I’d like her to see that place, and, if possible, swing a freight train through that hole.
- I’d like to visit (and fish) all the major Out Islands of the Bahamas.
- I’d like to catch a super grand slam. I got lucky on my slam from 2010 out of El Pescador in Belize. I’d like to do it again at some point and feel like I earned it a bit more.
- I’d like to have an epic Keys day. I was there in June. I saw the fishery. I got a glimpse of what it can do. I want to go back and end a day feeling like I won, however I define winning at that point.
- LA Redfish. That just looks like fun and I’d like to do it at some point.
- Fish with… a lot of people… but Aaron Adams, Scott Heywood, Eric Estrada and so many more I’ve met through this blog.
- Fish with my girl for a full day on the Lower McCloud River. This might be 10 years away. She’s not ready yet. I hope she’s still interested by then.
- Catch a Leopard Shark on a fly.
- Catch a golden trout. It’s the state fish and I haven’t caught one. I haven’t fished for one. That needs to change.
What’s on your list?
For most of us, getting bonefishing involves flights. There is always the worry your bags might not find themselves in the same place, at the same time, as you.
So… what gets carried on and what gets packed. First, let’s see what the TSA has to say about it:
Sharp fishing tackle that may be considered dangerous, such as large fish hooks, should be sheathed, securely wrapped, and packed in your checked luggage. Like other high-value objects, you may wish to pack expensive reels or fragile tackle that does not pose a security threat (small flies) in your carry-on baggage.
So… flies are OK. Now, I won’t carry on all my flies… that seems excessive, but you can bring a box of flies on the plane. If you can, you probably should.
The advice you hear most often is this:
I carry on rods, reels, camera gear and flies. Everything I need to get fishing.
If you have long pliers, that could be an issue as well. Tools can’t be more than seven inches long (and here, please, don’t say anything about the length of your tool).
One suggestion is to use a boat bag as your carry on. Load that bad boy up with gear, including your flies. Carry on your rods. Wear flats clothes on the plane.
Today I’ll be making the turkey for my folks, wife and brother-in-law/sister-in-law. I’m in a pretty good place right now and I thought I’d share a bit of what is making me particularly thankful this Thanksgiving.
- My wife. She’s awesome. She’s also 9 months pregnant. Very grateful for her coming into my life. She makes me a better person.
- My daughter. She won’t be here this Thanksgiving, but I’ll be thinking of her. She loves sharks and doesn’t like unicorns. She’s my fishing pal.
- My job. I got a nice little taste of unemployment and I didn’t much care for it. I’m glad I have a good job and I’m looking forward to the future there.
- Two trips on the books. Grand Bahama in Feb. and Ragged Island in March. I’m not really right in the head unless I have a trip to look forward to.
- My folks. They are gearing up for a second round of grandparenting and I’m pretty sure they’ll do just as well the second time as they did the first.
So… what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Some good news for folks who like blogs and/or Constitutional Rights (specifically, here, I’m talking about the 1st).
An odd scene has been playing out here in California where an outdoor writer (Tom Stienstra) sued a blogger (The Trout Underground) for inconveniently reporting about his arrest, years ago. He claimed defamation and wanted the court to make the Underground pay him $10K.
Well… it didn’t work. The court ruled against him. It wasn’t the clear cut victory for Free Speech one might hope for since the court basically said Stienstra had overlooked the statute of limitations and so didn’t have standing.
Go to the Underground to see all the details.
I’ve long been a fan of the Trout Underground. He writes about my home waters and the people I know and respect.
The Headhunter (my dad fished out of the Headhunter last summer and had a great day, by the way) posted a question about the worst products out there. There were lots of good replies.
There are some goodies on the list. One of my favorites is the line straightener. This is a little do-dad that hangs off your vest and you run it down the leader to straighten it.
It’s a bad idea. Heat weakens tippet. The line straightener is heating your tippet.