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Christmas Island Fly List

Joel La Follette - Sunday, August 09, 2009

This one’s easy.

Christmas Island Special                                 size 6           Orange

Christmas Island Special                                 size 6           Orange

Christmas Island Special                                 size 6           Orange

Christmas Island Special                                 size 6           Orange                           

Christmas Island Special                                 size 6           Orange

Moana’s Banana Peel                                      size 6

Moana’s Chili Pepper                                      size 6

Christmas Island Special                                 sizes 4, 6, 8  Orange, Pearlescent, Pink

Beck's Sili Legs                                              size 6  Pearlescent

As you can see there has been a real “go to” fly for Christmas Island. Take lots. Your other Basic Bonefish flies will also work well, but it’s hard to beat the CIS in orange. For the Korean Wreck you might want some lighter flies as you will hang up on the coral with the heavy stuff.

Besides Bonefish, Travalley provide the action for the big fish lover. Big poppers, Sea Habits and Deceivers will get their attention. GTs and Bluefin will grab those patterns as long as they’re moving fast. Golden Travalley will eat bonefish flies or crab patterns.

There is also a good bluewater fishery on Christmas, but that’s a whole other story…

                                               

Bonefish Basics Fly List

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, August 05, 2009

There are as many bonefish fly patterns used today as there are anglers using them. With that many options it’s hard to choose what you need for your trip unless you’ve been there before or know someone that has. If this is your first time bonefishing or twentieth, here’s a list of the flies that should be in your box no matter where you’re heading. Start with this selection and add specialty patterns as needed. Remember you need to have a good selection of sizes and sink rates. This is what I call…

BONEFISH BASICS

Mini-Puff                                                       size 4, 6       Old standby, still works

Tan Puff                                                       sizes 6, 8      My personal favorite

Marabou Shrimp                                            sizes 2, 6      Tan

Crazy Charlie                                                 sizes 6, 8      Pearl, pink, tan, root-beer

George Bush                                                 size 6, 8       Stupid name, CIS without Dazl Eyes 

Clouser Minnow                                             size 2-6        Tan/White, Gray/White

Clouser Minnow w/bead chain eyes                  size 4-6        Same colors, add a weed guard  

Gotcha                                                         sizes 2, 4, 6  Lead and bead chain eyes

Gold Gotcha                                                  sizes 2, 4, 6  My killer Abaco fly

Christmas Island Special                                 sizes 4, 6, 8  Orange, Pearlescent, Pink

These are the basics. You could travel anywhere and catch fish with these patterns. You’ll want a good selection of sizes and sink rates. Make sure you have plenty for your fishing partner too! Now take a look at suggestions for specific destinations.

Christmas Island

Joel La Follette - Sunday, November 18, 2007

One thing you can count on when heading to the tropics is that the wind will blow sometime during your stay. Sometimes it won’t stop. That was the case during our fall trip to Christmas Island. It never let up. A few mornings it seemed like it had faded, but by the time we got on the flats it was back in full force. Never the less our adventurous group of anglers caught plenty of fish and had a great time.

When embarking on any trip you’ll find that the success of the trip depends on your attitude. Lost luggage, bad weather, illness and a host of other things can only ruin a trip if you let it. Lucky for me my guests all have a great attitude when it comes to fishing trips and all rose to the challenge of the wind. Also lucky for me no one got sick, lost their luggage or had any other problems. All we had was the wind.

Bonefish, Travalley and an assortment of other fish provided enough action for the group and most evenings the bench fishing went on for hours. You should see the Trigger fish my Dad caught! It is fun to sit back and watch as others relive great battles and share the excitement of a really big fish or in some cases a first bonefish. Battling the wind and fish made success stories even sweeter. You earned them.

Apart from the weather we enjoyed great food on this adventure which has not always been the case on Christmas Island. Kata the cook really put together some great meals and no one went hungry. Our hosts made sure we had everything we needed and went above and beyond the call to see we were comfortable. The accommodations at The Shark Place were clean and neat and the staff was friendly and efficient.

Over at the Villages we had six anglers that had traveled with us from Hawaii and we joined them mid week for a luau. The Villages staff put on a great party. We enjoyed music and a native dancer in addition to a fantastic meal. On the last evening the “Village People” joined us for dinner and again we were entertained with native dancers. We had a group of women who presented us with flower leis during their dance. Then a group of men in traditional dress did some impressive dancing of their own. Food again was center stage and Kata did a great job. We also crowned TMack the winner of the ugly shirt contest and awarded him a lovely pink Lava lava as the prize. Two of the dancers were chosen as judges and I’m sure we’ll need to disqualify Troy if he tries to enter that shirt again. I think I saw him slip the female judge a five spot earlier….

Bonefish Tackle List

Joel La Follette - Sunday, February 18, 2007

There are two rules to remember when packing for any adventure. Keep it simple and only take what you REALLY NEED. Of course knowing what you’ll need on any trip is in some cases a “best guess” but with experience you’ll find you can get by with much less stuff. Here’s a few things you shouldn’t forget when heading to the Bonefish flats...

Rods and Reels  (carry them on with you)

Flies    (check out my fly selections for suggestions elsewhere)

Leaders and tippet   (I use 0x and 1 x fluorocarbon) 

Nippers, pliers, knot tyer and a knife

Waterproof gear bag and Flats pack w/water bottle

Sunglasses w/cleaning kit

Camera

Flash light

Fix-Anything Kit   (see Fix-Anything Kit post)

First-Aid Kit

Sunscreen and lip balm

Handy wipes

Hat and sun gloves

Flats boots and wet wading socks

Zip-off wading pants  (two pairs)

Long Sleeve fishing shirts  (two or three)

Fast drying underwear   (two or three pairs)

Travel clothes

Passport   (carry a few photo copies in your bags)

Cash    (most places won’t take cards or checks)

A good book or two

Flip-flops and a good attitude


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