March 6, 2012 in What's Happening
One look a a satellite view of Providenciales Turks and Caicos and you
can’t help but practically lose your mind thinking about the endless
possibilities of do it yourself bonefish opportunities. Yes, you can
get guides there, but they are pricey so if you have the wherewithal
try the DIY route. To be honest, my trip a few weeks ago was billed
as a “family” trip but I did fish for a few hours a day, just not as
much as I would have had I been alone (had I fished more, I probably
would be alone next time;).
Knowing that I was coming back in just a few weeks I spent more time
scouting and what I saw looks amazing! So, more to come in the next
month. Any way, I did a ton of pre-scouting online in the weeks
before so I was pretty dialed in before even getting to the Island. I
completely over packed, bringing 8 boxes of flies, 6 fly rods, and a
small spinning rod. The only rod I used was my Rise Level Series 8wt.
Having been there, I can’t see needing anything else except if you
plan to hook into some of the huge cudas that roam the edges of the
flats. The Rise Level Series 8wt is a joy to cast and handled the the
stiff breeze and decent sized bones no problem.
All off the DIY fishing that I saw was on the South side of Provo. A
simple Google search will bring up names like Bonefish Point, Flamingo
Lake, Silly Creek, etc and as far as I could see, all had fish.
Access is fairly easy BUT you may have to bushwhack a bit or wade past
your comfort level to reach the productive spots.
In terms of flies, no magic flies here as far as I could tell. I
used the same bunny gotcha the entire time. I hear they like flies
with legs but I never tried. The fish I found went out of there way
I’ll report back in mid April after my next trip.