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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

7 Destinations For The Serious Permit Angler

Posted by yellowdog on Dec 18, 2017 1:22:41 PM

Serious permit anglers are a breed of their own. Not thinking twice about spending hours on the flats under the harsh sun, their hope is for that one opportunity to take a shot at a permit. It’s been described as mentally exhausting, demoralizing, and way too fun. If you’re a permit addict or maybe just want to chase the elusive fish and see what it’s all about, then these permit destinations should be in your travel plans for the coming year.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

5 Other Essential Flies For Cuba Besides The Infamous Avalon Fly

Posted by yellowdog on Dec 13, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Cuba is home to some astounding fisheries that hold permit, tarpon, bonefish, snook, jacks, snapper, and barracuda. The crystal-clear Caribbean waters offer the perfect getaway for any avid fly fisher. However, sometimes traveling abroad can be a little overwhelming – let alone selecting the best flies to pack. That’s why we put together a short list of flies that can be deadly for casting on the flats, in the channels, and lagoons in Cuba.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

8 Caribbean Destinations For The Hardcore Saltwater Angler

Posted by yellowdog on Nov 29, 2017 10:09:21 AM

The amazing thing about working with Yellow Dog is that you have access to over 190 different lodges and operations. That number can seem overwhelming when deciding on a destination – thankfully, every program director has personally checked out the lodge, accommodations, and fishery at each of those destinations. With so many destinations Yellow Dog can cater trips exactly to your preferences. Some people enjoy luxury, and some people enjoy a bit of roughing it. For the adventuresome angler, someone seeking an experience a little more off the grid, the following lodges made the list.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing