I’m packing. I leave on Wednesday, from work, which means I need to be all packed by Tuesday night. Better to start a day early so there are fewer (notice I didn’t say “is nothing) left behind.
I need to do a load of laundry too. Need to have the right underwear (not cotton boxers) and I am wearing a tarpon shirt from Skinny Water Culture that would make much more sense in a Florida context.
When I look at what I’m bringing it occurs to be that my packing list looks something like this…
- Entire Content of Garage
I’m bringing lines for rods we don’t have, just in case. I’m bringing spools of tippet and extra sun gloves and just everything. Better safe than sorry, I’d say. I know it is silly. I’m going to Florida, not Andros. I could probably buy something I forget and there will be extra gear on hand, I’m sure, but I like to be prepared and so I’m going to have to check a bag, me thinks.
Now… I wonder what I’m forgetting…
Another reason tomorrow is a big day is that tomorrow I teach my daughter how to spell “sister.” She has no idea.
I’m off to Philadelphia today for a few days. In the meantime I thought I’d turn your attention to a few of the folks I’ve interviewed who will play some role in the upcoming trip to Florida in search of the Silver King, the Grey Ghost, the… um… well, we’ll fish for anything really.
My very first interview was with Davin. Davin writes Flatswalker. He’s also an artist.
We’ll be fishing with a whole host of characters, including Derek Rust. Derek is the only person in the group I’ve actually fished with before, even if that was in the California salt. Derek has fallen in with a rough crowd since he moved out to Florida. Mainly, he’s hooked up with the Skinny Water Culture crew and is a regular feature on their blog, which is one of the best blogs by any company or individual on the net.
Bill Horn, as I mentioned yesterday, wrote a book about fishing the Florida Keys, so he’s a guy who knows a thing or two.
Eric Estrada is another guy connected with Skinny Water Culture and he happens to be one hell of an artist.
Who else we meet along the way and the adventures we have, well, we’ll keep you posted on all of that.
Needless to say… I’m all a tingle with anticipation.
I’ve hears some talk recently about there being fewer bonefish in Florida these days.
The past is always better, right? But this isn’t 20 years ago past, this is, like, three years ago past.
Back not too long ago things got kind of cold in Florida. Bonefish, tarpon, snook… these fish don’t like cold water. In fact… they die.
The Florida Sportsman recently ran a story about what the guides are seeing on the FL flats.
Captain Lain Goodwin of Key Largo noted that effects of the frontal blasts varied from area to area. “After the cold snaps in 2010 I did notice a major decline,” said Goodwin. “I’d usually see from 20 to even 100 bones on a half-day trip, but now I’m lucky to find 10 to 20 on a good day. And yet on other flats in close proximity to Largo Sound, the bonefish population has remained steady.”
In Belize I threw a lot of #6 flies, and even some #8’s. As I look forward to the Florida trip, I’m tying up some meat for any Biscayne Bones we might come across. That means tying up flies up to a size 1/0.
That’s kind of mind boggling.
I shudder thinking about the size of a bonefish that would eat a 1/0.
One… frigging… ought.
What’s the biggest fly you’ve thrown at a bonefish??
A little video of the Keys from 1997.