The long list of things we don't know about bonefish just got shorter

New study reveals remarkable details about bonefish spawning behavior
An Abaco Island bonefish (photo: Chad Shmukler).

The first time I ever hit the tropical flats — armed with my finely tuned small-stream trout cast — I didn’t catch a single bonefish. Not one. But my failure started me on an odyssey that will likely never end. Chasing bones on the flats, from the Bahamas across the Caribbean to the Mayan Riviera, might be my favorite fly fishing pursuit.

And damn my luck for it.

Dead skunks don't lie

Skunks are modern, tragic harbingers of spring
Photo: Brad K. / cc2.0

Prior to Snowmaggedon here in the South, the drive into town had turned into an obstacle course. I’d jerk the steering wheel this way or that to avoid some hapless, already flattened critter, or a live one doing its level best to avoid that grisly fate. Roadkill typically peaks at this time of year as warming temperatures tempt hibernating and semi-hibernating animals out of their dens and puts them on the move for various reasons. What I’ve noticed on the road more than anything else are dead skunks, and dead skunks don’t lie. Dead skunks are the modern and tragic harbingers of spring.

The 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour kicks off

The 15th anniversary tour includes films from a dizzyingly diverse array of destinations both near and far
A scene from the film 'Tetiaroa' (photo: Josh Hutchins).

The 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) kicked off this week with the release of its compilation "stoke reel," online ticket sales, and more. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the iconic, nationwide fly fishing film festival. F3T 2021 will be screening its slate of a 12 feature films and 7 shorts virtually, beginning on March 10 and ending on April 4.

Do Marine Protected Areas make a difference?

A new study suggests that MPAs can yield significant benefits for regional fisheries
Photo: California Sea Grant / cc2.0.

Commercial fishing interests and even recreational anglers often bemoan the political creation of Marine Protected Areas around the globe, but the science suggests these sea-life sanctuaries benefit regional fisheries and those who pursue fish for food or for recreation.

Massive mangrove restoration projects aims to speed Bahamas recovery

Cooperative efforts seeks to plant 100,000 mangrove seedlings in the next 5 years
Photo: Justin Lewis

Hurricane Dorian stalled over the Bahamas in early September of 2019, thrashing the islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama with unrelenting winds, rain and storm surge. The devastation the storm inflicted on both islands—destroying airports, sweeping away hotels and fishing lodges, and leveling entire neighborhoods—was catastrophic and absolute. But impacts to the Bahamas from Dorian weren’t limited to its human toll.