Seems a tall order… to get a bonefish for Christmas… but that’s what I got.
This bonefish was created by Fred Gordon, artist and guide up in Dunsmuir, CA. Fred is as talented on the river as he is in the studio.
About a decade ago I was just really getting into fly fishing. My dad had a day scheduled with Fred for closing day on the McCloud for what promised to be a great father-son trip. Unfortunately, my dad then fell off a ladder and broke all sorts of bones that would be needed for a day on the water. Fred and I went out by ourselves. It was a magical day. Fred taught me how to tight-line nymph, a technique that is deadly in the free-stone, pocket-water rivers of Northern CA. I had 20-25 fish that day, including a couple browns around 20″. It was a day that changed my life. Before that day, fly fishing was a lot of fun. After that day, fly fishing was an obsession.
We have three of Fred’s trout on our wall and now, a bonefish.
Merry Christmas all.