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RECOMMENDED FLY FISHING TACKLE AND ACCESSORIES:
Whereas 8 and 9 weight rods and lines are generally considered the standard bonefish gear on the Florida flats, smaller 6, 7 and 8 weight rods are more than adequate for the flats of The Caribbean. These rods are much more pleasurable to fish and cast with, and certainly provide a lot more entertainment for the angler after the bonefish are hooked.
The smaller rods (6 & 7) are great when there is little or no wind and an 8 weight rod has more than enough muscle to deliver a fly in even the stiffest of gales. Moreover, the 8 weight rod will double as the ideal rod for permit and light tarpon fishing. Many anglers prefer to have the larger rod rigged up and in the boat for the permit and a 6 or 7 weight rod with a floating line in hand for the bonefish that are routine. This also leaves the 8 weight a reserve rod and for extremely windy days. Ten and eleven weight rods are perfect for Central American Tarpon fishing.
The choice of rod length is important. Nine or nine and a half foot long rods are optimum. More line can be picked up off the water with the longer rods, with less surface disturbance, and without retrieving nearly as much of the previously cast line. Also, for the vast majority of flyrodders, greater distances can be covered and with less effort using the longer fly rods.
BONEFISH & PERMIT REELS:
Unlike the reels that will suffice in most freshwater conditions, saltwater reels must have a minimum of 175 yards of capacity, more if you plan on landing a truly large bonefish. The drag system on the reel must be smooth and reliable, capable of running at high RPM's that are generated by the sizzling bursts that typify bonefishing. Also, the reel should be corrosion-resistent, unless they are cleaned daily. Some reels simply will not hold up in any saltwater because of the finish (two are the Orvis CFO and Hardy's Perfect series). Ross, Stutz, Pate, Marryatt, and the new Scientific Anglers System II (model 8/9) are all excellent for this type of fishing.
When you are casting to fish that are, potentially, as large as you are, there is no substitute for quality in a reel. Tarpon are capable of long, sustained bursts of speed and distance. Consequently, the fisherman needs a reel that has both a large (250 yards minimum) capacity, and a smooth reliable drag system. Anglers have their own personal preferences regarding direct drive vs. anti-reverse model fly reels, and even the professionals disagree. Whatever model that you choose, base your decision on how often you'll be using the reel and that you will, in all probability, only be buying one your whole life.
The best tarpon reels are the Billy Pate (tarpon model), FinNor, Ross, Fenwick, and Sea Master. Scientific Anglers' new System II model for tarpon is ideal for the angler that doesn't intend to do this kind of fishing often. Prices and availability vary, as does the manufacturer's ability to service and repair the reels.
A weight forward, bass bug taper or saltwater taper floating line is ideal for this type of bonefishing. Intermediate saltwater tapers are the answer for tarpon and permit fishing. Anglers should bring along some sort of line cleaner for the lines as well, since saltwater has a way of making them sticky after a few days use.
The most productive bonefish flies are NASTY CHARLEY (GOLD & SILVER), HORROR, CHICO'S BONEFISH SPECIAL, MINIPUFF (PINK, TAN, TAN/ORANGE), and DAVE'S SALTWATER SHRIMP.
The two successful permit flies we have tried are the Jewett Blue Crab and the Spears' Permit.
The better tarpon flies include: COCKROACH, SEADUCER, DECEIVERS (RED, RED/WHITE, WHITE/BLUE), BELIZE SPECIAL, and the STU APTE TARPON FLY.
OTHER TACKLE AND PERSONAL ITEMS:
Leaders (one new leader for each day) should be about 9 feet long and approximately 10 Ibs. strength. Windier conditions may necessitate shortening these. And, of course, tippet material in a corresponding size.
A leader snipper, hemostats, small fly box, hook hone, polarized glasses (amber is the favorite all 'round color), reel lubricant, tennis shoes (to dampen deck noise), a lightweight rain jacket for the occasion squalls on the flats, sunscreen and suntan lotion, lipscreen, insect repellant, and a wide-brimmed or upand-downer hat.