Agree on both counts. I think my spotting skills have definitely gotten a slight boost as well as my casting ability in the wind. I found that Bonefish require a much more accurate cast. A foot too close and they spooked off, a foot too far and they didn't see the fly. I also got a lessen in reading fish behavior as the big ones were very tough to set the hook on since they continued to taste the fly and spit it out before I read the the take.
I think I may be able to make a day trip that weekend but I think it is too soon to spend a full weekend away. It will be great to see you guys and hopefully stick a few lips.