Yes… it happened to me on Kauai (which is a beautiful island in so many ways, just not exclusively for the fishing). However, it went better for the writer of Alaska Rod and Fly.
Had the opportunity to spend two fabulous days on Oahu chasing bonefish with Mike Hennessy from Hawaii on the Fly. Mike knows these bonefish. If it wasn’t for his exceptionally keen eyes to see these fish, I would still be trying to catch one. I would hear 12 o’clock 30ft and start casting. The whole time I would be scanning the water looking for the fish. The fly would land and I would hear, “long strip, long strip, let it drop, short strip, short strip, long, long, he’s got it strip it”, and bam fish on, never seeing the fish. The only time I would see a fish, is if it was hovering over sand, or my cast would scare it and it bolted off.
Yeah… that sounds familiar, just in a different geographical context. Nice post there ARF.