The first time I cast to bonefish, in Belize in the late 90s, I had done very little to prepare for the trip. . .and it showed. My guide ended up yelling at me for various failures on my part, and it was tough going until I finally brought a fish to hand. Here’s a handy little video full of tips to help you start out ahead of the game. There are even a few more tips in the video description on Youtube:
1 – Practice your casting seriously!!! Try to practice forming tight loops that track straight. But also practice precision casting from 20ft to 60ft being the most important distances.
2 – Make sure your gear is in order, at least 200yards of backing a good wf bonefish line that can withstand the heat. I like the normal Rio Bonefish line the best. Fast action rod and a GOOD quality reel. One of the guy’s on our trip had a fly reel that malfunctioned. seriously get a quality reel… you don’t want to loose your fish of a lifetime.
3 – Tie or buy flies tied on quality hooks. We tie all our Bonefish flies on Daichi X-452 and 2546 hooks in sizes #8 #6 and #4 with some on size #2 for the monster bones.
4 – Buy a pair of good polarized sunglasses and carry spare. No polarizing glasses and it’s game over.
5 – Practice your CASTING !
And when you’re ready to put all this good information to use, maybe it’s time to check out one of our Bonefish Bonanzas in Belize.