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Bonefish Fly Fishing Holidays

Bonefish are considered one of the top 3 species to catch on a fly rod and for many, they are the first saltwater fly fishing species caught. Bonefish are often referred to as the ghost of the saltwater flats due to their colouration, which makes them difficult to spot and therefore harder to catch. We have many destinations that you can travel to for a Bonefish fly fishing holiday. Some produce Bonefish in large numbers, mainly of small to medium fish. Other destinations provide opportunities to target larger fish to over 10lb.

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27 Tours available

Tour code: SEY005

Visit Cosmoledo for the ultimate saltwater fly fishing experience. Each week just 12 lucky anglers with 6 guides get to explore this vast area in search of a very impressive species list. If you are looking for everything from big Bones to monster GT'S look no further.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: November to April

From: £13,289 per person including flights

Tour code: SEY006

Astove Atoll gives six lucky anglers each week the exclusivity of one of the wildest, most rugged atolls on the globe. This is a wild, secluded and remarkably remote small-scale destination for anglers seeking adventure and a unique fishing experience not to be missed.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: November to April

From: £9,643 per person including flights

Tour code: MEX126

This is a must for any novice or improving saltwater fly anglers. You will get the chance to get regular shots at all grand slam species with a real emphasis on learning to tame Tarpon. Your host and experienced fishing guides will do their bests to give you an incredible experience.

   Season: All Year

From: £4,317 per person including flights

Tour code: SEY004

Alphonse Island needs to be experienced to be believed... world class saltwater fly fishing, quiet picnics on secluded beaches, sunset cruises with loved ones, mesmerising encounters with marine life and blissful pampering treatments all in picture-perfect surroundings.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: October to May

From: £8,497 per person including flights

Tour code: BEL004

This great resort provides fantastic fly-fishing and provides a great safe, exciting and entertaining destination that you can bring and enjoy with your family. The beachfront location of this resort provides several amenities for your enjoyment, whether it is arranging for a massage in the lodge massage room or a day out on the flats.

   Season: March to June October to December

From: £4,692 per person including flights

Tour code: CHR001  

Our famous hosted trips to Christmas island have become legendary, they offer you the best saltwater fly fishing along with world class popper, jig fishing. Combine this with light offshore trolling provides one of the most diverse fisheries in the world. A fishing adventure that should not be missed at any cost.

   Season: September to October

From: £6,017 per person including flights

Tour code: MEX008  

Located at the southern end of Ascension Bay in the heart of the 1.3 million acre private preserve, Casa Blanca has established itself as Mexico’s premier saltwater fly fishing destination. For many years now Casa Blanca has mesmerised anglers with its endless expanses of turquoise flats providing the ultimate water for Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon.

  Category: Saltwater Fly Fishing
   Season: October to June

From: £5,270 per person including flights

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Additional Information

Name: Bonefish

Also known as: Silver Ghost

Scientific Name: Albula vulpes

Description: So far 11 species/subspecies of Bonefish have been discovered around the world. Many fish look the same to the untrained eye. The colour of this species can range from very silver sides and slight darker backs to olive green backs that blend to the silver side. Being a master of disguise, hence their nickname being silver ghosts of the flats, they can come on and off the flats and swim right past you without the untrained eye being aware of their presence.

Bonefish are bottom-dwellers. This means they pretty much only feed on creatures that live on the bottom of the flats. It is because of this that their mouth is situated underneath as opposed to in front of their heads, like most other fish.

Their pointed head or nose is shaped to dig into and dislodge food from sand or coral, although they also pump sand away via their gills to get to their prey. One of the reasons fly fishing for Bonefish is so popular is because you will be casting accurately and delicately to cruising or feeding fish. Once hooked these fish fight extremely hard for their size.

It is not uncommon for a good size Bonefish to strip 100 yards of line off your reel just in the first run. They can then turn instantly and swim just as quickly back towards you making you reel as fast as you can. All in all, they put up an amazing fight which is also very visual. People quite often describe the fight as playing a Trout on steroids.

Where to catch: Bonefish can be found in huge shoals containing well over 100 fish. These large shoals tend to be of juvenile fish because as they grow in size they then tend to split up into smaller groups and quite often once they have reached 10lb or more they are found as single roaming fish.

Bonefish can be spotted and found on most tilde flats, mangroves and creeks. They are a species of fish that can tolerate water with poor oxygen levels which tend to follow a daily pattern coming on and off the flats with the rise and fall of the daily tides.

Bonefish have a wide range around the world. Destinations that constantly produce good catch results are our lodges in Belize, Jardines de la Reina in Cuba, Bahamas, Mauritius, Accession Bay in Mexico, Christmas Island and all of our Seychelles operations. At all locations you will find Bonefish ranging from 2lb to 8lb. If you are looking for the larger specimens of 10lb plus then the best fishing destinations to visit are Christmas Island and the Seychelles.

Fishing Methods: Fishing for Bonefish is mainly done by wading saltwater flats looking for tell tail sights of Bonefish. Walking these sandy bottom flats can make spotting Bonefish half the battle, for once spotted you need to produce an accurate cast. It is far more productive to lead the fish by three to four feet, rather than trying to get too close.

A small, short strip is needed to get the fish reacting to your fly. Once this has happened, stripping the fly slowly should entice an eat. Like all flats fishing, it is very visual. Seeing the fish, making the cast and seeing the fish react and eat the fly makes it very exciting. Setting the hook with a strip-strike and keeping the rod tip down, will almost ensure a good hook-set. Once you are comfortable with the hook-set, you need to anticipate that the fish will dart off with incredible power and speed. Holding onto the line will definitely result in the leader popping.

Fly rods are normally 9ft single handed rods in 7/8#. Reels need to hold large amounts of braid backing along with matching warm water floating line. This set up is then completed with a leader that rangers from 8lb to 15lb depending on where you are fishing.

In relation to Bonefish flies, its all about matching the fly to what the Bonefish in the area you are fishing are feeding on. Also, the size of the fly depends on the size of the fish you are targeting.