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Old 08-15-2008, 10:28 AM
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fishing for bones, along comes a...

Hey all,
dreaming away about a future trip... but I also had it in Aruba.
You walk in the water, searching for the ghost. Then suddenly you spot something different. In Aruba usually it means small barracuda, maybe a jack. But in some places (yes, the ones of my dreams) it can be a tarpon, a snook, a permit or maybe even a shark.
As the Cuda´s in Aruba won´t be huge I usually clip of my fly, put on a short steelwire and a lighter fly (not so fast sinking) and make the cast. But I can imagine that is not always the best approach.
So what are your solutions to wade for bonefish, but still being prepared for that other fish of a lifetime?
I have seen some men wading with a ten rod on their backs, what kind of gear do you have set up on that rod? And is it comfortable walking with that other rod?

I thought of taking another prepared leader with me, but changing a leader on the same rod takes time. Enough time for the fish you spotted to be gone when you´re finished changing.

So let me hear what your solutions/options would be.
Thanks, Sander
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:25 PM
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Hi Sander..

Thats a tough one... its too cumbersome to carry another rigged rod with me while wading...

If you know that Tarpon are in the area where you are Bonefishing the flats I would first thank the fishing Gods !!!!!

Guess I would have a rigged leader and fly ready to change but to tell the truth things happen so fast on a flat that by the time you re-rigged the new target would be gone...

Unless you are in a boat and can keep a couple of rods rigged I think its best to stick to the target you came for.... yaaaa right... just watch me the next time I am Bonefishing and a Tarpon goes by.... I would go nuts trying to set up... it all goes out the window when its real and not theory..
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:23 AM
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When we were in the Seychelles, we got dropped off for hours at a time and were left to fish for whatever we wanted. I fished mostly for bones, but you really wanted to be ready if a bigass GT came cruising by. Because we were on our own for 4 or 5 hours at a time, we went fishing with backpacks with water bladders. Most of us had medium to large backpacks on anyways, so strapping a 12 wt on your back wasn't really a big deal unless you bent over to pick something up and whacked your partner with it. Casting with windy conditions can be a bit of a problem too, if the wind's blowing from the wrong direction. But if you're fishing flats where you're only carrying a fanny pack or a little chest pack, only take one rod. Just retie as fast as you can.....
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:53 AM
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right on Doc!

Anyway, I'm sure I can re-tie a pre rigged fly w/ steel leader as fast as I can take one rod from my back pack and put the other one back.
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:25 AM
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For smaller cudas that aren't too far away, I have had success tying on a pre-rigged dropper to the hook on my bone fish fly. Larger cudas can snap the light tippet and it can be clunky casting. Also have occasional problem with cuda hitting the bone fish fly - bye-bye rig!
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Old 09-03-2008, 09:49 AM
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Has anybody been successful targeting those small lemon sharks on Bahamian flats with a fly?
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