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Wading in Caribbean for Bones

wading caribbean bonefish

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#16 Capt Bob LeMay

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 08:13 AM

Solid advice.. If the fish turn away or spook away as your fly lands... before changing out the pattern... simply go with the same pattern in a smaller size and be willing to not only go to a lighter tippet (I've gone all the way down to 8lb tippet at times...) but also consider a bit longer leader....  I know the fish in the Caribbean aren't particularly hard to feed - but I'm used to really spooky, very experienced bonefish in Biscayne Bay - where each bonefish ought to have a first name - they've been caught and released enough times to be hard to feed most days....

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 09:25 AM

For bonefish, the majority of the time you are sight fishing them in pretty shallow water. The bottom there is mostly sand, making it extremely easy to see fish. I guess you could blind cast, but I would find some deeper water or a flat next to a channel on a moving tide.


Make sure to bring a variety of patterns in sizes 4-8, as well as some different weights. The flies you described are perfect, no reason to to with something else. Make sure to use a fairly light tippet (12lb fluorocarbon being my favorite) and a tapered leader for the best casting performance.

Thanks FlatsRoamer.


I should have specified when I asked about blind casting from shore. I didn't mean to target bonefish, but something else like Jacks.

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Posted 13 December 2018 - 03:03 PM

Solid advice.. If the fish turn away or spook away as your fly lands...

Is it possible you're just landing the fly too close to the fish.  I believe I read it somewhere, you might have to lead them far enough to let the fly settle before the fish get to it.  I think it's one of the similarities between Bone Fish and Carp, they don't like things coming in from over head, preferring to feed from the bottom.

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