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By befuddled
You're gonna use like 3 flies. Which is cool, more for me to steal.

Good luck Scotty, should be fun
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By yard4sale
This is all true but there is nothing worse than figuring out THE fly and only having one of them. I’d bring the vise. Maybe two in case they are into MOAL leaches.
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Redchaser wrote: Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:45 am
TX. wrote: Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:19 am
Did I tie enough flies?
There's well over 200, should I take a vice just in case?
Careless Ethiopian put it best "you always tie hundreds of flies for a trip, and use exactly 1"

Enjoy yourself, I'm looking forward to a full report.
Chirpypunes Pastychest is right. I just went to Gaspe with 2 boxes of salmonflies. The fly that worked was the one left over from my trip 2 years ago I threw in my gear at the last minute.
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By TX.
Yeah I know, but I'm gonna give about a hundred to the camp owner.
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Got in to San Pedro Town before the rest of the group, decided to walk the beach, saw a few bones and went back to the hotel and grabbed a rod, dodging the foot traffic I managed a few.
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After a couple of the guys showed up, I went back out to the front beach.

What do you call a permit the size of a sunfish?

A permit.
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Ended up w/ five bones, and after stopping at a bar on a dock, the beertender says we have bones here you can fish, and you can come back tonight and the tarpon will be here. So, yeah I'm a whore and caught one of their pets. (file was too big and I don't feel like downsizing).
Came back that night but they were closed and that dude said to ask the security guard, he'd let me in...but there were plenty of other docks.
Needless to say, I saw a ton of fish in the 20-30# class but none of them would open their mouths. So six bones and a permit before the trip really began.

We spent the night in San Pedro w/ one of the group arriving the next day. I woke up grabbed some grub and headed to the inside of the island and proceeded to jump a tarpon of about 30# on my first cast. Had a few more swipes then lost my whole leader to a mooring line. Back to the casa to build a new one. Came back out and the sun was much higher, cast to cruising fish and had three misses...they missed, not me.
Then it was time to grab our water taxi to the camp.
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So about 40 minutes later we were about 30 minutes from Mexico.
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My digs:
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Our host gave us the run down and proceeded to shuttle us out for late afternoon fishing. I saw three bones right off the bat then landed one right before our pick up. The food was awesome. Blackened pork chops and lobster the first night...
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(forgot to take a pic before I enhaled it).
The next day we had guides that motored up from San Pedro, we bought permits to go into the preserve and motor out to the front beach, where I hooked a good permit of about 20-25# and after about 175 yards of backing I put the stick to it and straightened the hook.
Golden (from here) landed a baby a little bigger than my first.
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I was helping our other dude on the boat w/ spotting fish and casting mostly, so not much bow time for me, but it was all good.
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Next day the other guys had guides and I went DIY.
Hooked a bone right out of the gate (like 30 seconds) and proceeded to break my rod tip when I had the fish to hand and it squirmed off and wrapped the stake out pole...
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Luckily my shuttle was still there and ran me back to grab another (2) rods.

By noon I had over 24 bones to hand and was blowing them off looking for baby tarpon and snook, of which I saw none (it hasn't rained in like three months and I think the salinity was too high)
I started farting around w/ bones again and saw a pod of sickles in the air, I switched to a permit fly which not knowing the depth where they were tailing proved to be too heavy and I spooked them. But they came back up, then I lost them...
Then I saw a pair of wakes and set the BOTE up, got a cast off to the lead fish, it ate, and I landed it. About 15#.
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As I was bringing it in, I glanced to my left and saw another happy pod tailing, the commotion of my fish made them a little nervous, but I was still on point...paddling a SUP into the wind after 8 hours of fishing...felt like the harder I paddled, the slower it went. I was done for the day. I called for my shuttle and wrapped it up.

Back at camp, I knocked down a few beers w/ the guys then grabbed a sit on top kayak at dusk, paddled to a lagoon to try to wrap my slam w/ a no avail. We hung out at the fire, looked at different stars than we have here, saw some satalites, shooting stars, and drank rum.

Last day saw me going north, DIY again, I hooked a few bones early but was on a mission for tarpon and snook.
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Again, I was disappointed. I covered a ton of water and had paddled back to camp by noon, saw some huge schools of baby bones which was cool, shit I'm missing some pics...anyway, they shuttled me back up to where I was the day before, hooked a couple of bones and blew a permit. The trip was a blast and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
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strong work, Cap'n :smile
Superior indeed.

Went south around Hopkins last year - mostly permit there ( big ones ), failed just about daily.
Now understand & am hopelessly consumed by the compulsion that is permit. goddammit.

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