Fly Fishing for Coastal Gamefish
Q. I often get this type of question: I’m going to (fill in the location here) for Caribbean vacation. Is it worth taking a fly rod on the trip? What fish are there to catch?
A. If there is a shoreline, there are fish to catch. If you have a 4 or 5 piece rod, pack it in your bag in case you can get some time on a beach or rocky shoreline. Better yet, maybe the island has some wadeable flats that are worth exploring. For a more detailed discussion of do-it-yourself in the Caribbean, go here.
Outside the Caribbean my DIY experience is more limited, but if you go to Hawaii, pack a fly rod. They have bonefish there, and some other fun gamefish like jacks, and many of the islands have a guide or a few.
The Fisherman's Coast approach focuses on how coastal gamefish interact with their habitats and prey. The more you know about the gamefish you pursue with a fly rod, the more often you'll be in the right place at the right time with the right fly making the right presentation. It's about catching more fish.
Our sister site Tribal Bonefish is all about conservation through responsible fishing. Tribal Bonefish shows you how to become a better steward of our coasts to protect our fisheries today, and ensure future generations get a chance to experience these fisheries.