The wonderful boom or bust days of winter……..

While I prefer to bonefish like most in the heat, our wintertime fishery can be spectacular at times…….it can also be void of life.

The simple flip of a coin can either lead you down the path of righteousness or a pointless dead end. This is the gamble of the wintertime fishery, simple boom or bust if you will.

Monitoring water temps is a must, having the right weather is second and having a large amount of luck can always be useful. Since the cooler weather graced us most slicked days have been spent tooling around with the youth in tow. The windy wintery days were left flying kites on the edge or sitting in the duck blind. Many of the slicked days where conditions were right happened to be cut short because the baby was along for the ride. A few of those days kept me thinking what if……………..

So as the Holiday approached I was able to waive the white flag at the office early one day in attempt to toss a few flies without the family in tow. Weather looked right, but the water was presumably cold, yet we decided to fill the cooler a push out around noon.

After an hour or so of nothingness we figured it was one of those “put in your dues days”………………………..until finally I was able to confirm Santa had indeed come early.

He left some floaters……………………………………

As it turns out apparently I was a good boy this year……………

Then came the acres of pre-spawners…….

I was giddy as a school girl………………..

In all the awe we decided maybe we’d catch a few………

In all the fuss as we shot through fly after fly I realized it had been a good while that I consistently sat down at the vice with a fine glass of wine and whipped out a few bugs. This used to be my typical evening routine but with the new addition to the family free time has been limited at best.

On some occasions that monic fly line is worth it’s weight in gold……..

Then it seems Santa’s tailers decided to show in masses…………..

And in five knee shattering hours of fly-fishing 14 bonefish came to hand with well over 20 fish hooked………….

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Holiday………..

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