I’m gearing up for a bonefish trip to the Caribbean. My son and I are headed to Long Island, way down at the southern end of the archipelago. I’ve been there before. Endless shining flats, and beaucoup bones. Typically they aren’t very large – at least by Andros standards – but they’re usually plentiful.
Most carry bead-chain eyes, a few with lead. Also purchased some flies at www.discountflies.com. Wonderful prices and excellent quality. Check them out! You’ll be glad you did.
Plan to rely mainly on my vintage Scott “G” series 7-wt., armed with a Ross Canyon 3# reel, and a Rio “Bonefish” Floating line. The combination casts well. I’ll also be carrying a spare spool with a 6-wt Rio “Bonefish” Floater for times when softer presentations, or longer casts are needed. My backup rod is a Scott S3S 8-wt.
At the moment, I’m tying up 12 foot leaders. Tippet strengths of 10-12 pound test should be fine for small bones, but I’m going to use Seaguar Grand Max Fluorocarbon in 1x. At a slim diameter of .012″, it tests at whopping 18.5 pounds! Amazing. It seems to knot well too. Still there is an issue; it’s pricy @ $17.95 for 25 yards. That’s about 4 or 5 times the cost of mono. We’ll see if it is worth it.
When I return I’ll tell you how the trip went.