I can already see the emails from people not understanding that I’m saying this tongue-in-cheek… that is unfortunate, but I’m going to plow on ahead anyway.
Reason #5 – No stream access fights
You can reach a flat, you can fish a flat and you don’t have Huey Lewis and Charles Schwab trying to kick you off lands that are actually your birthright.
Reason #4 – No ice in the guides
There is no such thing as de-icing your guides while bonefishing because it never freezes in those places. That’s always nice… not freezing.
Reason #3 – No stinky waders, no leaky waders
After a season of hard trout fishing there are two things I’ve learned to expect from my waders. First, they’ll stink like something died in them… in the sun… and stayed dead, rotting, in the sun for a number of days. Secondly, they would do a really crappy job of keeping the water out (this could be because of my poor choice in waders, I admit).
Reason #2 – No tiny flies
Man, I hate a #22 sized midge pattern. I really hate the tippets that you have to use to fish a #22 midge pattern. I have a 5x hook-set. Pretty much anything less and I’m going to pop the fly off. While bonefishing I’m mostly using 16 pound fluoro. I like 16 pound fluoro.
Reason #1 – The song of the drag
As a trout angler you have few chances to really hear your reel sing. Sure, you may end up catching a 22″ bow in heavy water and you may have a little line taken out. You probably will not see all your line scream through your guides at a totally unreasonable speed. You just don’t have that… unless you get your line caught on the propeller or something. It turns out having your line pulled like that, having it ripped fishward by a fish swimming in just inches of water… well… it is kind of awesome.
It isn’t an exhaustive list and I could easily have added “for me” onto the title, but that wouldn’t get people all freaked out and in the end would be less amusing for us all.
I trout fish more than I bonefish… at least 5:1 and likely more than that. I love trout and the places I fish for them. I love the feel of my waders (when they are not full of holes) and the familiar feeling of the wading belt, wading staff, net, chest pack. The feeling of a trout on the line. The sound of the water running over rocks. The evergreens and the dippers and waterfalls and gray, overcast days. I really do love it.
It is true that there are some people that would pick trout over bonefish if given side-by-side opportunities (of course there are people that would pick strawberry over chocolate too, as crazy as that sounds). I won’t argue here that they are wrong (although I think we all know that they are). I know that I’d pick bonefish for the reasons listed above and a couple dozen more.
See you on the trout stream.
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