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Fly Fishing for Double Digit Bonefish in the Cook Islands

Posted by yellowdog on Jul 6, 2018 12:02:43 PM

Aitutaki is a part of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific and has only a population of a little over 2,000. This is the corner of the earth where crystal-clear waters and stands of palm trees paint the landscape. Geographically, Aitutaki is an atoll with a barrier reef running the perimeter of the lagoon which is roughly 20 square miles in area. With both the the lagoon and barrier reef, the fishing options are virtually endless. Stepping onto Aitutaki is like taking a step back in time where life is slower paced and enjoying the beautiful destination seems to be the number one goal of locals and tourists alike. Aside from the fantastic tropical setting, Aututaki is one of few places on Earth where one can catch double digit sized bonefish. 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

A Brief Overview of Fly Fishing for Billfish in Guatemala

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 27, 2018 2:07:30 PM

While Guatemala may be known for its volcanoes, thick jungles, and a variety of wildlife, it is also known as one of the best bill fisheries in the world, and rightfully so. The blue water fishery in Guatemala is healthy due to the Equatorial Counter Current that creates a “billfish highway.” This current was created over millions of year by a plate shift that is now a cliff and a couple thousand feet deep just 40 miles off the coast. Food and fish are very present in this region of the Pacific. With fishermen displaying world class numbers daily, this complex and diverse fishery is highly regarded as one of, if not the best, in the world.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

3 New And Innovative Bonefish Flies For Christmas Island

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 19, 2018 11:21:03 AM

Christmas Island is one of the more diverse saltwater destinations on this planet, offering you bonefish, triggerfish, bluefin, yellow fin and giant trevally. With a numerous amount of species to fish for, packing your fly boxes may be a bit overwhelming. We put together a list of flies that are deadly for feeding bonefish in all saltwater destinations, especially Christmas Island. Everyone has heard of and fished the usual shrimp and crab patterns. We did some research to give you a couple of flies that are tied with creativity, functionality, and style in mind.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

A Look Into Fly Fishing The Bay Islands of Honduras

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 18, 2018 12:33:56 PM

When you think of Honduras, generally speaking, fly fishing is not the first thing to come to mind. However, that’s changing as more and more anglers experience the terrific fishing. The country itself is breathtakingly beautiful and the government goes to appropriate lengths to protect that beauty with biosphere reserves, national parks, and wildlife refuges. The natural treasures don’t stop at the mainland though - just off the northern coast of Honduras lies the Bay Islands, the crown jewel of Honduras fly fishing.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Coming Prepared With The Right Saltwater Flats Clothing

Posted by yellowdog on Jun 13, 2018 11:12:27 AM

Saltwater fishing presents a number of challenges. In a lot of ways, it’s the pinnacle of fly fishing where skill and luck converge where a poorly presented fly or a loud thud of a foot hitting the hull of a boat could result in spooked fish. Polling all day on the flats and then losing your opportunity at a fish in a split second is frustrating. The key is to manage the things you can control. You can’t control the weather, but one thing that should be dialed for every trip to the flats is your clothing. Well selected clothing not only increases your chances at fish, but also protects you from the elements. 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

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