I’m a fan of cheap, as many of you may know. I like value when it comes to my fly fishing. I like mid-priced rods and I like mid-priced reels and I get a bit excited when I see something that really looks like a deal.
I don’t think that exists for GTs.
A good, cheap, DIY bonefishing trip might come in at $1,200 or so, maybe a little cheaper if you are camping somewhere, but there is still airfare and there is food and maybe some sort of transportation. Seems like getting to the fish once you are actually in one of these places would still take some doing, requiring you to pay someone to get you in position for a shot. Costs on top of costs on top of costs.
GTs tend to live a lot further away than bonefish do. Yeah, there are some in Hawaii, but I haven’t seen anyone foolish enough to promote HI as a GT destination. Beyond that you are talking places that are much harder to get to… Xmas and some other spots in the South Pacific and then the Seychelles and maybe a few other places in the Indian Ocean. The flights alone when you start looking at places like that tend to start at $1,200 and go up from there to maybe as much as $2,500.
The operations fishing GT’s are beyond my budget with a week’s fishing starting around $6,500 and heading north from there. That’s not something I’ll be doing right away.
So… my question to you, the BOTB readers is this… is there such a thing as a budget GT?
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