I was holding my third cup of coffee. It was early in the morning but the sun has already been shinning for a while. The flavor of the coffee in Cuba is different. It was good and I need it to wake up. I still had the flavor of the rhum that we drank the night before with our friends from UK and US. I knew my guide Argelio would be waiting for me to jump on the boat and go to Cachi Boca area, but we had time. It is not good to be in a rush when you go fly fishing.
Mentally; I checked if my gear and equipment was all there as it was supposed to be before taking off from the Patana. I had a sage #8 rod for some bonefish and a TFO #10 rod for tarpon or permit, my reels with floating and sinking lines, the wading boots, my buff, gloves, etc. and my food, very important! I had cameras, sunblock and other staff in my waterproof baggage, and my coffee cup was almost empty.
Time for rock and roll. I took my shoes (I should say crocks) off and I was ready for a ride. It was a beautiful morning, with a lovely breeze. It took us around 40 minutes till we were close to the lighting house of Cachi Boca. Then, Argelio chose some flats and we started moving around with the skif boat and the pou. Water was clear and the wind was not making waves over the surface. Nice. Easy to watch the fish. The water was 15 to 20 inches in some areas, so we anchor the boat and get into the water to walk a little bit. In between us and some mangroves that where about 70 yards away, there was a sand bank and a deep blue channel of water, it looked like a good area. The waves were moving to the sand bank.
We walked 20 yards, and jackpot! Like 50 bonefish were feeding on the flats, just being careful of the blue water, where (we knew later) a barracuda was waiting for them. We took some lines and we started some cast in the air. Argelio, the guide, was just behind me giving me instructions, like: hold on, they are moving, they are going away, they are coming back, cast 50 inches in front. Ok, they split, go to the second group, there is a big one there. Nice fish. Ok now, cast 2 o clock and 18 yards, ok yes, that is a good one, hold, NOW. And a bonefish is fighting with us trying to avoid the blue water, just running in the flats like crazy.
It was a paradise; the bonefish were in the yellow area. It was a blue channel, and a beautiful green and turquoise water. In mainland, there was a group of grey trees and palm trees and white sand, and in that paradise area, two guys, were just fly fishing for a bonefish, 4 hours away from the closer city and 12 hours away from the closer international airport. That was a fly fishing experience, where the remote area and the feeling of our soul in connection with nature made us feel for a minute that life could be forever.
We hope you can fish one of these flats with us. It is a unique experience. We hope every person that fly fish, to live this experience.
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