The world of saltwater fly fishing can be an intimidating one to get into. Most fly anglers begin chasing trout, but before long, start to wonder about targeting other species. This desire to explore is one that makes us as fly anglers special, few if ever are satisfied. There is always a bigger fish out there to catch, a new species to chase or a location to explore. This is why saltwater fly fishing has grown so fast. The fish of the ocean have a different attitude than freshwater fish offering some incredible angling opportunities. For those looking to fall into this rabbit hole, we believe there is no better species to first target in the salt than the Bonefish. Here are 4 reasons for this.
- Establish good habits. Saltwater fly fishing can at times seem like a completely different sport than freshwater. You need to learn to strip set, double haul, spot fish on the flats, and fight a fish that can easily take you into your backing. Bonefishing will give you chances to learn all off these lessons and more!
- They can be forgiving. They will give you multiple opportunities every day to learn those above habits. If you are targeting a fish like a permit, you might only get one eat a week (if you are lucky) and if you trout set and blow your shot, you probably won’t get another. If you make a mistake on a bonefish, odds are you will get another chance to correct your mistake and learn from it.
- Bonefish live in warm beautiful places. You won’t need to pack your waders or wool under-layers. More important to bring some sunscreen and flip flops!
- Not just for beginners. This species is great for anglers of all experience levels. Targeting a single cursing bone (some of which can be in the ten pound range) is one of the hardest things a saltwater angler can do. You can find schools of forgiving smaller fish or hunt a trophy, the choice is yours. Talk about a perfect fish to chase
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