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Old 01-08-2017, 05:14 PM
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Default Fly fishing in Bermuda...

I'm lucky enough to visit Bermuda at the end of the summer for a couple of weeks and I suppose, like many tropical climates, fish are a plenty.

I've had very limited experience fishing for pollock and pike on the fly but imagine it can't be too different... Right?

I know I need to get a tropical fly line (this may be the only time I use this line so don't want to spend a fortune) and I have a limited idea on flies to be used but any additional info on this or any other advice (leader, tippet, flies etc) would be great.

I originally fancied tackling bonefish but then watched a video on YouTube of this bloke casting directly into the mild surf and pulling out all sorts. Is it that simple?

If anyone else had fished there or similar places and would part with any advice or knowledge that would be amazing. This should be the trip of a lifetime and I want to make the absolute most of it.

(P.s I'm trying to impress my girlfriend's parents (which I'm meeting for the first time...) so bringing back a couple of fish for the dinner table would go down a treat.)

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Old 01-08-2017, 06:24 PM
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Default Re: Fly fishing in Bermuda...

Hi Jake

Several years ago I visited a college friend over there with a similar view on fishing prospects as yourself without pressure of in laws expectations - aside from picking hurricane season which wasn't helpful (it's not easy to cast an 8 weight in a hurricane whilst trying to avoid the debris) I found it's a great place with easy access to beaches etc and whilst there are bonefish I didn't find many accessible flats to get after them and the guides were thin on the ground and expensive - in the end didn't go out with them as the hurricane had stirred up the bottom too much for spotting. I think Neil Patterson had a chapter on fishing there in his latest book and you might find some more info searching on line. So I would suggest take both fly #8 and 15lb spin gear; flies in form of clousers and crazy charlies in various sizes and colours, shrimp/crab flies, crease flies/poppers, and some barracuda flies. Spinners in form of Rapalas, poppers and whatever takes your fancy in Toby style lures and both wire and normal tippet - even if you don't fish much the snorkelling was superb- i mainly had fun with small jacks. Not sure what rules are now for permits or c&r but seem to remember some areas were off limits as conservation areas. It's an unusual place but lots to see - try a dark and stormy (think that's what it's called) if you like rum (or even if you don't!)

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Old 01-08-2017, 06:48 PM
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Default Re: Fly fishing in Bermuda...

I believe this guy's the best guide. Will fish for the table, too.

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Default Re: Fly fishing in Bermuda...

I'm sure that your girlfriend's parents are so proud of you
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:15 AM
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Default Re: Fly fishing in Bermuda...

Apologies for the belated reply but thanks to all of the responses. I'm slowly gathering tackle for the trip as well adequate sun protection clothes (I crisp up faster than a rasher of bacon on a hot skillet).

Are steel traces needed for leaders out there? I understand barracudas cruise around...

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Default Re: Fly fishing in Bermuda...

You say you don't want to spend a fortune on a tropical fly line. I've just bought a couple of British made mill end lines at £8.95 each including post from MDI on ebay. For a full specification of these lines see the airflow website, some of them may only be on the us version of the website.
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Old 12-08-2017, 11:08 AM
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Default Re: Fly fishing in Bermuda...

Cheers Mike.

What does 'mill end' mean? Does this have any bearing on quality? Sounds very tempting...

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Default Re: Fly fishing in Bermuda...

Don't have them yet - only ordered on friday pm. I expect they won't have packaging or loops and may have a bump or two in the line. One of the lines I ordered may be simply an over-produced unpopular spec - 30ft long clear tip.
I'll update when received and inspected.
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Seems to be a term reserved for fly lines, at least I've never seen it used anywhere else.
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Default Re: Fly fishing in Bermuda...

Ok, so I've now received and inspected. Both are perfect in look and feel and length and colours match the suspected lines (£45 in UK and $90 in US). Loops have been cut off both lines so any fault could have been with the loops.

Initially I thought the Chard type line had quite a long bleed in the colour change but then realised this was a function of the rear taper. Incidentally though I suspected that the line with a clear tip would be the 30 ft clear tip version, it was actually my preferred 12 ft version.

On checking what tropical lines are on offer I see the only one likely to interest you is an intermediate tip #9 bonefish line, for which the tip would be an advantage for surf fishing. This line doesn't seem to be current in UK or USA.


If you are fishing surf don't be without a stripping basket of some kind.

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