There is some good stuff trickling out of FIBFest and the place to see it is Michael Gracie’s blog.
Another FIBFest participant is Deeter from the Fly Talk blog over at Field and Stream. In that latest installment he makes the claim that bonefish are the perfect species for a fly rod. Now, that may be overstating somewhat, although the number of folks in the comments section that think carp are actually the finest fly rod species tells me that his readers and I probably don’t share too many rivers together.
Bonefish are a fantastic fly rodding species to be sure. Perfect? I’d think the trout is still the species most suited for fly rods… from a 2 wt. on a mountain stream to a 20 pound steelhead, the trout covers a lot of bases… dries, nymphs, streamers… rivers, lakes, creeks, lagoons.
No, I’d say the bonefish is more of a niche species. It is for folks that like the hunt, the visual search for the fish. It has way more to do with the stalking than the rod, in my totally BS opinion.
I’d still trade 100 trout for a single bonefish and a dozen days on my mountain rivers for a day on the flats. Just say’n.
This is not the perfect species for the fly rod.