The Blackfly Outfitter website theme for the next few weeks is all about traveling to foreign destinations to go fishing. Periodically we will be adding more products and pictures of ideas that we think are necessary for your trip. The point of being prepared is basically this: The more prepared you are, the more opportunities you have to be successful. They always say, “most fish are caught the night before”.
This time of year is always when most of us are thinking of ways to get out of cold weather and finding that rush of warm air when you step out of the airplane door. Oh yeah, green trees too! You certainly can add cold drinks like Kalik beer, mojitos, and margaritas. I have to keep reminding myself we’re here to fish! So, getting ready to go fishing is almost the best part of going on a trip. It’s the anticipation, the hours of daydreaming about how it’s going to feel catching that first bonefish or maybe finally catching your first permit on fly.
So how do you start to accumulate all of the gear you’re going to need and most importantly, WHAT actually do you need? There are many lists available online but one place you can check out is the Blackfly Fly Advisor on our website. The Fly Advisor is a place you can go to find out what flies to take to a particular fishing lodge in the tropics. We picked the tropics to focus on because that’s what we know. We’ve lived there and in many cases we’ve managed a lodge in the area. For instance, Vaughn and Jean, our owners, have lived and managed lodges in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize and spent years fishing and guiding in the Florida Keys. Blackfly also owns the Blackfly Lodge in Abaco Bahamas….so, we know our bonefish patterns. The Fly Advisor is also an interactive site that gives you the opportunity to give feedback to others who are going to the lodge that you just came back from. We consult with the lodge managers, guides and others who have been there to find out what flies they used or more importantly, what didn’t work. This is a “pay it forward” kind of site for traveling anglers. On the Fly Advisor site we’ve picked four flies for each lodge that we consider the flies that you must take with you. We also give you a basic rundown of what to expect as far as what the fishing conditions are going to be and how to plan your equipment needs, what size rods and reels you want to have and the water depths so you can decide if you need weighted flies or not. ( www.theflyadvisor.com….. then search the country and then the lodge)
Please give us a call if you need help with any questions about getting prepared to travel. Our specialty is designing lodge specific fly kits so that you don’t spend money on flies you’ll never use. You don’t want to get to your destination and the guide says, “oh those flies won’t work here”. Ask for Andrew, Austin or Nick to help you with your upcoming trip. 904 997 2220 Blackfly Outfitter in Jacksonville Florida.