Jan 12

Aitutaki in FFSW

Just got a new issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters (thanks Steve) and I was pleased to see a piece on Aitutaki.  For those of you not familiar, that is an atoll in the South Pacific, a part of the Cook Islands.

The fish there are few in number and large in size.  It isn’t a place you are going to run up the score, but it is a place you stand a good chance of finding a 10 pound bonefish.

The atoll has received a bit of press because of the movie made about taking a local net fisherman and turning him into a fly fishing guide.  There were some big names involved in that project in terms of companies throwing their weight behind it.  There has been a guide working Aitutaki for a number of years that didn’t make it into the movie, but did make it into the story, which was nice to see.  That is Butch Leone, who I did an interview with.

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters is just a solid mag.  You should check it out.

Oct 11

Aitutaki and the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust

Ah… I love it when favorite things come together.  In this case the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is heading out to Aitutaki to get all learned up on the Cook Island Bones.  Cool.

Aitutaki sounds like a really interesting place and while I have yet to travel there myself, I’ve long enjoyed hearing from Butch Leone as he tries to get the locals on the conservation wagon.  Things are moving forward there, or at least is a generally positive direction.

The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, of course, is pretty much awesome and if you love bones (or permit or tarpon) this is an organization that should be getting some of your hard-earned (or fairly stolen) money.

Here’s a link to the story.

Aug 10

Playing Tour Guide: Aitutaki

I thought I’d look around and see what I could find on the intertubes about Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, home of Butch Leone, our interview from this last week.

Here’s one of the clips I found.  It isn’t about bonefish, but it is about where they are found… a beautiful place in the middle of the South Pacific.