Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bonefish On The Key West Flats

I never miss the chance to make the 300 mile drive down to Key West and chase bones with my friend Capt. Mike Bartlett.  We found a ton of fish the first morning but only managed to land three. They were all beauties and really attacked the flies.
The weather couldn't have been better and despite the falling tides we saw over a hundred bones on this particular flat.  When I was guiding down there ten years ago I never spotted a single one in that same area.  Despite what some organizations are saying recently, the bonefish population in the Keys is in great shape and according to Mike, it's actually increasing. 

We were throwing small crab patterns, which worked perfectly, but Mike has also had great success with old fashioned Clouser Minnows in the past.  As always, presentation is more important than the actual fly. 

If you want to book a trip with Capt. Mike (and you should) give him a call at (305)797-2452 or check out his website at