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Fly Fishing The Salt: Diving Into the World of Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit

Posted by yellowdog on Apr 11, 2018 11:15:46 AM

Starting anything new can be overwhelming at first. With so much information readily available, literally, at your fingertips even knowing where to start can be impossible. However, as the saying goes, “there’s never a time like the present.” We’ve put together some tips, tricks, and pointers, for anyone looking to get into the world of saltwater fly fishing to make getting a start all that much easier. Tarpon, bonefish, and permit are known as “the big three” and are the most popular saltwater game fish. For that reason we’ve gone over the basics of fly fishing for these terrific species. Although this guide is not exhaustive and there are countless nuances when it comes to saltwater fly fishing, we feel this is as good a place as any to start.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Saltwater Fly Fishing

How To Spot Bonefish Like a Saltwater Flats Guide

Posted by yellowdog on Apr 5, 2018 12:21:37 PM

Spotting bonefish can be an undertaking if unfamiliar with saltwater fly fishing. But with a pointers you can be well on your way to spotting the elusive "ghost of the flats." Before anything else, the number one rule and the rule that trumps all others is to listen to your guide. We cannot hammer this rule home hard enough. Flats guides have spent countless hours training their eyes to spot bonefish and their signs and you'll find more success listening to their expertise than you trying to find fish on the flats. But if you want to take your bonefishing game to the next level there are a handful of techniques, tips, and tricks you can use to start spotting your own bonefish on your next saltwater trip.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Saltwater Fly Fishing

Bonefish Leader & Tippet Advice From Jeff Currier & Oliver White

Posted by yellowdog on Apr 3, 2018 2:12:19 PM

Bonefish leaders need to be strong and resistant to abrasive coral as well as stealthy enough to land a fly in the fish’s proximity. It all begs the question; what bonefish leader is best? That's a pretty difficult question and if you ask 50 different guides, chances are, you'll get 50 different answers. We've narrowed it down to what we think works best, although that's certainly to say there aren't alternatives. A general rule of thumb and a good place to start is if you're chasing larger fish down low, your leader should be shorter, and likewise if you’re chasing smaller fish in shallower water your leader should be longer. But let's explore leader setups more in depth.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Perfecting Your Bonefish Fly Presentation and Hook Set

Posted by yellowdog on Mar 29, 2018 2:53:10 PM

Bonefish in a lot of ways epitomize what saltwater fly fishing is all about. Wary fish call for ultra-precise casts and great presentation to get a bite. Anglers need to be virtually silent and remain stealthy when stalking bonefish on the flats. They can key in on vibrations in the water made from the anglers on the skiff’s platform or a sloppy cast made in the fish’s vicinity. But don’t let this discourage you, with a couple of pointers, you’ll be on the flats and casting to brilliant bones in no time.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

The Yellow Dog Team's Favorite Baby Tarpon Flies

Posted by yellowdog on Mar 27, 2018 11:48:07 AM

There are few things that compare in the world of saltwater fly fishing than hooking up with a big tarpon. Between the aerial acrobatics and aggression, tarpon are the pinnacle of game fish to many anglers. Even though big tarpon may supply enough adrenaline to last a lifetime, the younger ones still in adolescence shouldn’t be so quickly looked over. In a lot of ways juvenile tarpon are just as fun if not more, to feed and fight as the large ones.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Belize Bonefishing Season: When Is The Best Time to Go?

Posted by yellowdog on Mar 23, 2018 1:38:46 PM

The small Central American country of Belize has some of the best waters in the world for saltwater fly fishing. Belize’s coastline is protected by a barrier reef that runs the length of the country and is the second largest reef system in the world, the largest being Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. A tropical climate with very little temperature fluctuation and a seemingly endless expanse of flats running the length of the country, Belize is a bonefish paradise. Anglers venturing south to experience the diverse Belize fly fishing opportunities will most likely be met with exceptional bonefishing!

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

A Brief Guide To Fly Fishing for Bonefish in The Bahamas

Posted by yellowdog on Mar 22, 2018 2:01:47 PM

The Bahamas are synonymous with bonefish and rank among the top bonefishing destinations in the world. The archipelago consists of more than 700 islands each with their own flats offering the perfect habitat for patrolling bonefish in search of their next meal. The sheer size of the Bahamas fishery can be overwhelming and the opportunities for bonefish virtually endless. Combine the superb fisheries with the convenience for travel and logistics, and you have a destination that is truly world-class.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog Team Member Camille Egdorf

Posted by yellowdog on Mar 8, 2018 2:22:53 PM

Camille Egdorf is Yellow Dog's director of Christmas Island and Alaska programs. Between her busy schedule of planning people's fishing adventures and her own angling adventures across the globe, she had time to chat a little about her life in fly fishing.

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Yellow Dog Team Member Jake Wells

Posted by yellowdog on Feb 14, 2018 9:39:20 AM

Jake Wells is Yellow Dog’s program director for the US Rockies, Pacific Northwest, and Louisiana programs. This will be the third year that he has worked for Yellow Dog, and has called the Western United States home for 13 years. He has lived in Idaho, Utah, and Montana and has fished his way through all of them.

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Yellow Dog Team Member Cameron Davenport

Posted by yellowdog on Jan 24, 2018 11:15:14 AM

Cameron Davenport is Yellow Dog’s director for Belize and Guatemala. Running one of the busiest programs in the office, it’s rare he has a moment to rest, let alone hold an interview. But between phone calls and planning people’s fishing adventures down south, he was able to sit down and speak a little of fishing, hunting, and life. 

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Topics: Yellow Dog Staff