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Skinny Stripping for Bonefish

By Diana Rudolph


In the distance, I see several flashes. The warm, slick water bathes my ankles. I work my way toward the tails, which gracefully slice through the water’s surface with no particular cadence or consistency. There must be 40, 50 of them. In my mind I ask the questions, “where do I place the fly and how should I position myself?” My heart races faster, as the fish move toward me and I shuffle in their direction.

The showdown has begun. I stop, inspect my fly and make certain that my line isn’t wrapped around my foot or looped over my hip pack. The fish are moving closer; their mouths digging and tails wagging. When they are within casting range, I crouch down and deliver my fly two feet in front of the lead fish with a sneaky, side arm cast. The fly sinks, one bump and the fish charges. My reel whirs through the humid air, as the silver sided bullet sends a rooster tail across the sandy flat. This is skinny water bonefishing.