Posts Tagged ‘flats

11
Feb
17

Kiritimati in the morning…

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fly fishers chasing bonefish & trevally walk to the boats to meet their guides and head out to the flats… A nice recollection, of late, when Winter keeps blowing Springtime into the distance.

29
Jan
17

Christmas Island (Kiritimati)

on the approach, flying in over the flats. This was from a trip in 2009, but I still marvel at the surreal experience on this tropical island.

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17
Nov
16

imagine….

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28
May
16

Shades of blue….

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07
Mar
16

Surreal South Sea…

on a flat on Christmas Island, near Paris, searching for Bonefish.

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20
Jul
15

tropical sky…

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Christmas Island Flats Map (Mappery.com)

19
Nov
14

Christmas Island early morn…….

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24
Jul
12

Going to the Edge of the Flat

In 2007, I traveled with friends to Christmas Island. I have written about the preparation and suggestions I thought of after the trip (query Christmas Island in the search box to the right). I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, much like you enjoy difficult events years later…only remembering the high points.

Standing on a flat gazing out toward the outer barriers and the edge of the flat, the darker aqua colored water. Deeper off the edge, it is the source of what creatures decide to cruise the flat in search of prey. The search for movement, shadows and contrast consumes the eyes as the relentless wind batters your ears. SwittersB

My only regret was not having more of an opportunity to have my catches recorded by the guide. Few wanted to put forth the effort to capture the events. I was often fishing alone and unable to juggle the camera and the fish. These days, you have gizmo’s like the Go Pro Hero (my son has one of these) that can capture the events, while perched atop your head.

04
Apr
09

Bonefish Tailing (a surreal recollection)

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Fish Tailing

I have written here a few times about my Christmas Island adventure. I had not been in that environment before and may never again. It was bizarre dozens of times over. I cannot put into words the images and spatial adjustments your vision and mind have to try to adjust to. It is, by virtue of never ending horizons, a tilting, catawhompus world.

The above picture by no means is related to a salt flat, but it made me think of standing with a guide facing outward toward the edge of the flat, as the light sand gave way to the blue abyss. I saw nothing. The guide stared out seeing or sensing something through those copper colored lens. And, then they were there.  A dozen pointy tails lined across my path some fifty feet out. The tails were sticking up out of the water ever so slightly and the bonefish were nose down feeding…  A surreal scene of contrasts, wind, shimmer and life.

The Tail

The Tail

I was instructed to carefully cast before the fish and not on top of the fish. As much as you can judge distance so easily on a stream or lake and plop that fly down where you want, on the flat I was never sure if that was really fifty feet, one hundred feet or shorter. This time, I fought the wind and succeeded in placing the fly before the approaching, feeding bones. The take was immediate and the run was beyond description for speed and power. I have tried to explain what that is like compared to my freshwater experiences, but nothing compares for speed or power (by size). The bonefish screamed out so quickly toward the deep and then down and down until the leader was cut from the coral.

My lasting memory from that moment was the fish yes, but really those bobbing tails out of the water just enough to excite and bring the stealth mode out, always enter my mind.  It was like casting to the rising trout or the stillwater fish up in the shallows picking off damsels from the reeds. The stalking is the same.     

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14
Dec
08

Bone Fish Flats (warm wind and surreal visions)

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CHRISTMAS ISLAND NEAR PARIS FLAT~DECEMBER 2007

Today, it is snowing and getting colder this week. I don’t feel up to gearing up and venturing out. I got the lights up today as the snow started. The steelhead are in. As I looked at this pic from a year ago, I recalled the warmth, the wind, and the amazing visual assault of the flats. As if on some psychedelic cocktail, I recall the way a seemingly flat body of water, with nary a bump higher than a foot, can tilt and slant and climb. Are you hallucinating? Fatigue perhaps? Ill fitting sunglasses don’t help. I found it so fascinating to stand in knee deep water staring for the moving shadow and at the same time always have a sense that you are standing upon or walking upon anything but a ‘flat’. Anyway, that warm water and wind would feel good about now.    




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