Bach’n it

I can’t really make any bold or youthful statements about how hard I roll or how Xtreme I am.  Right now, the wife is away in the city for work, as is our normal schedule these days.  My daughter is asleep, after trying to stall that inevitability by asking for a fishing story… yeah, this girl has me wrapped around her finger.

The house is still.  Dog is asleep.  TV is off.  Pandora is streaming a mix based on Metric and I’m at the vice.  I can’t overstate how optimistic this act is.  If anything, I should be tying up Eng Thengs or BHFB PT’s.  I’m not, though.  I’m tying up variations of Gotcha’s.  If I get to use these flies at all, it won’t be until March or April.  But here I am… tying (well, typing right now, but you know what I mean).

I have it bad… what can I say?  I think it is because bonefishing is just so different from how I normally fish.  I’m a river guy, a nymph guy… I cast all day, strike all day, reading the water is mundane because out of the 600 or 700 casts I make, only a few of those are going to yeild a fish… maybe 30-60 strikes in a day.  Bonefishing though… the stalking, the hunting, the clear water of the flat, the mangroves and the rays.  Man…  I need it in my life.  NEED.

So… on these bachelor nights, I may tip a Downtown Brown, Moose Drool or Newcastle here in the mountains, but my thoughts are thousands of miles away.

My episodic bachelor pad

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  1. Hi. Really like you site. Some great articles. Heading to Ascension Bay in February. Will definitely try the “cast in front of the school and wait for the fish to get to the fly” routine.

    There is a place in Punta Allen called Casa de Ascension that offers all inclusive with guided flats fishing for $325 per day. Thats as close as I can get to your $1000 target for a trip. If I find anything at lower rate I’ll let you know.

  2. Hey Ted, thanks for the kind words. They say those that can’t play, coach… this is the bonefishing equivalent… I can’t get bonefishing here in the Sierra Foothills, so, I research, browse the web and write about it.

    Frequent Flier miles make the $1000 attainable… otherwise, airfare blows it all up. Good luck down in Ascension… love to hear a report when you get back. This blog is my attempt to live vicariously through the fishing of others.

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