Peninsula Fly Fishers

Ron Rabun - Everything you wanted to know about Bonefish

  • May 16, 2013
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • HCC

A Salty Piece of Land: There are no Bonefish in California

Program by Ron Rabun

Ok, there are Bonefish in California, they are just very few and far between in the San Diego and Baja areas. If you fish for Corbina on the Southern California coastal waters, you MAY hook up a Bonefish. So where do you go to catch a Bonefish or the ‘Ghost of the Flats”? “A Salty Piece of Land” comes from the book written by Jimmy Buffet where he ends up traveling from Montana to an island bordering Mexico and Belize. Hence, “A Salty Piece of Land” where the principal character becomes a fly fishing guide in 3 weeks never having fished for Bonefish before. The irony comes from the fact that all Bonefish live in these places, but learning to fish for and catching them is no meager task.

I created this program for the fly angler who has never fished for Bonefish or has become a Bonefish addict like myself. My program is not represented by any fly shop or travel service but is just being presented by another angler like you. I’ll discuss the intrigue; world Bonefish locations; places to go; techniques; gear; flies; costs related to locations; other fishes to catch; finally, how this all enters your bloodstream.

We will travel to Christmas Island atoll, probably the first stop for any first time Bonefish angler; Los Roques, Venezuela, a popular destination and unique archipelago; then, Aitutaki Island Manuae atolls of the Cook Islands, where Bonefish are large but extremely difficult with the potential of catching a world record (38 inch, 16 lb+) on the fly rod.

So plan to relax and catch the sights of the serious, I didn’t say always successful, Bonefish angler. The one thing you will agree upon, these beautiful tropical locations are so invigorating that Bonefish are just a wonderful benefit. Its about location, location, location.

Thank you, Ron Rabun

About the Presenter:

A lifelong resident of California, Ron  Rabun has been fly fishing Northern California waters for over 33 years.  During this time, the Shasta Area has been home waters to his trout fishing.  After 18 years of docent fly fishing education and clinics, Ron began guiding the Upper Sacramento and other Shasta area rivers professionally in 1994. Ron can be found tying at the International Sportsman’s Expositions and Federation of Fly Fishers events in Northern California.  Ron has been an active FFF NorCal participant as a Director and Conclave since 1980. Articles written on Ron’s specialty approach to Short Line Nymphing have appeared in both California and English fly fishing publications. Although, his prowess for trout angling has extended throughout the West, British Columbia and Alaska, Ron began to extend into salt water angling in Mexico, Hawaii, Christmas Island, Venezuela, Cook Islands, Coastal California and the Osa Peninsula of Southern Costa Rica in . Over the eight (8) year period of 2006 thru 2012, Ron has spent 8 months fly fishing for the large Bonefish located at the Aitutaki Atoll, Cook Islands. Contact or 916-716-2659 for more information on bone fishing destinations especially the Cook Islands.

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