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April Vokey on the Dean River

April Vokey lives in British Columbia and is an avid angler and steelhead, salmon and trout guide. She was born with an unexplainable passion for fishing. As a young girl she coaxed her father into going fishing and by the age of sixteen, when she was old enough to drive, she was devoting all of her free time to her local rivers.

She is passionate about Spey casting to wild steelhead, the environment and tying Atlantic Salmon/Steelhead flies. She has made it her mission to encourage and introduce aspiring anglers to the sport, in hopes that it will bring them as much pleasure as it has brought her. She takes pride in being an eternal student of fly-fishing.

April is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and fly-fishing columnist. She is the Steelhead columnist for Fly Fusion magazine and the Canadian field editor for Chasing Silver magazine. Her works and photos can also be found in Salmon Trout Steelheader (STS), Field and Stream, Fly Fisherman, Flyfishing and Tying Journal and several other international publications.

She is a lead angler for Fly Max Films where she travels around the world, fly-fishing for every species of fish imaginable.
Apri Vokey

Bonefish In Belize: From Placencia to Belize City
We arrived in Placencia, Belize 11/06 and checked into the Miramar Apartments, our home for the next twelve days. This is a great place to stay, with reasonable rates, every modern convenience and a very friendly, attentive staff. Our apartment was on the second floor. It couldn't have been better. The weather wasn't very cooperative, however the wind blew from the north nearly every day. The ocean was rough, the tides were low and the fishing was flat. Don't get me wrong, we did have some success. Mark landed a sixty pound tarpon in the first two hours of fishing, and we got a fair number of bonefish, but the fishing wasn't as good as good as we knew it could be.
We spent our last three days fishing out of Belize River Lodge, the oldest fishing lodge in Belize. Although we had fished in Belize many times before, this was our first trip to Belize River Lode. I had always thought that since it is located on the Belize River on the out-skirts of Belize City that the water in the surrounding area would be fished out. Boy was I wrong! For the next three days we experienced some of the best tarpon, bonefish and snook fishing we've ever had in Belize. Belize River Lodge can accommodate up to 16 anglers. It is  the best organised sport fishing enterprise we have ever encountered. We are already looking to host a trip there in the future.
The coastline of Belize is barely above sea level and is pock marked with many bays and saltwater lagoons with acres of shallow water and lots of habitat for bonefish. In addition there are many off-shore keyes and flats, which offer even more opportunities for any bonefishing fly angler.

This bonefish was caught from a large school that was holding in water that was over 15-feet deep. A heavily weighted fly and very long leader was the answer. A fast sinking fly line would have made the task easier.
Bonefish have been termed "ghosts of the flats". They are indeed that. They spend much of their time in skinny water and are superbly adapted to it. Their biggest asset is their chameleon-like ability to change color with their surroundings.  
They are streamlined and very fast. Their hydrodynamic shape gives them the capability of sneaking around with a minimum of surface disturbance and their speed gives them the chance to change locations very quickly if threatened.  This speed makes them one of the  worlds most sought after sport fish. Their preferred habitat makes them a premier fly rod fish. 

Bonefish inhabit most of the world's tropical waters. Their range circumspans the globe. The most popular bonefish destinations are Christmas Island, Florida Keyes, Bahamas, Belize and Yucatan.

Bonefish average 1 1/2 to 15 pounds throughout their range. Most bonefish in shallow water are 2 to 5 pounds. A ten-pound fish is a trophy anywhere. Four year old bonefish average 20" long.  Twenty five inch bonefish are 10-11 years old.  Trophy bonefish of 30" may be more than twenty years old.

Bonefish are capitalistic bottom feeders. Their main diet consists of mollusks and crustaceans. They will however, also eat minnows and worms.

This bonefish was caught from water that was about 30-inches deep. The successful fly was weighted with brass eyes, which was allowed to sink for several seconds and then fished with a slow retrieve.
The selection of flies isparamount to success, no matter what kind of fish you are after. Bonefish are opportunistic feeders and according to scientific studies, they adapt very quickly to the food organisms in their environment. However, the angler who thinks that they are stupid is in for a rude awakening. Consider that bonefish are one of the oldest species of bone fishes and fossil records indicat that they have survived for a couple of hundred million years.

This bonefish was caught from from two-foot deep water. The fly is weighted with brass eyes, and was fished with a normal speed retrieve.
Bonefish only live in warm saltwater, but within this environment they are able to prosper in a fairly wide variety of depths and bottom structures. Bonefish are commonly caught by fly anglers in water depths from three inches to twenty feet deep. Therefore it stands to reason that an angler might want to have a wide variety of sizes and weights of flies, as well a floating and sinking fly lines. We have encountered huge schools of bonefish holding in deep water, and caught them on every cast. A full sinking line or a Teeny TS250 is the answer to getting your fly to bonefish that are holding deep.

This bonefish was tailing in ten-inch deep water and was caught with this lightly weighted fly, which was presented six inched from the fish's nose.
Most fly caught bone fish come from water less than two feet deep, because that is where they are visible, even to most experienced bonefish guides. For that reason, most bonefishing is done with floating fly lines and lightly weighted flies.

This bonefish was cruising in in water that was about six inches deep over a light colored sand bottom. The fly has plastic eyes, so it is unweighted.
Bonefish are often encountered in water that is so shallow that any extra weight on the fly means that it will get fouled on bottom structure. Be sure to carry some flies that are very small and unweighted to fool spooky fish that are feeding in skimpy water. A six weight rod and long fine leader can add to your success. Playing a four pound bonefish on a six-weight rod is a peaking experience.

This bonefish was tailing in water that was only three inches deep over sea grass. The Super Shrimp fly was fished in the surface film.
Having a few flies dressed with buoyant materials is a must for fishing to bonefish that are feeding in very shallow water over grass beds or coral. Bonefish may be encountered that are feeding with their tails, dorsal fins and even their back sticking out of the water. Needles to say, these fish will be skittish. Long fine leaders and delicate presentations are a must for success.
When fly fishing for bonefish, nothing will add more to your success than being able to see fish.  A premium pair of polarized glasses can make all the difference. Practice your casting. Being able to make pin-point casts at longer distances is often required.  Being able to make accurate casts to fish you can see will up your odds and add to your game.

Fly Lines For Bonefish
Rio (Redfish Line)? Royal Wulff
Bonefish are rarely found where the air or water temperature dips below 75-degrees. Often air temperature will be in the eighties or nineties, and the water temperature will be above eighty. The pliable polymer coatings in modern fly lines are temperature sensitive, and work best within a certain 25-degree temperature range. Obviously a line that is made for catching trout or steelhead in water that ranges from 40-65 degrees, won't be at its best in 82-degree bonefish water. I once took a Scientific anglers steelhead Taper to Belize, because I liked its casting properties. It turned sticky and limp in the tropical heat, and didn't cast or shoot very well. The best bonefish lines are designed to operate in tropical temperatures. We have used them all successfully for bonefish.

Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line - don't head for the flats without several!

RIO’s Redfish line has a short back taper for fast casts and a mid length front taper that will present a fly without spooking back country Reds. The taper features an increase in weight towards the front of the line to make it easy to load rods at close range and to cope with typical saltwater winds. A hard, saltwater coating over a medium stiff core results in a fly line that will not wilt in most conditions and retains good loop control. The line is built with RIO's XS Technology that ensures the slickest of finishes and an AgentX undercoat to keep the running line and tip floating high. Includes a welded loop at both ends for easy rigging.
WF6F – WF10F
Length: 100 ft (30.5 m)
Color: Aqua Blue
Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line
We got a full compliment of Rio Lines before our recent Belize trip. They came in various colors, tapers and finishes. We pounded them against hard winds and many times strong fish strung them through barnacle coated mangroves. We fished for bonefish, permit, snook and tarpon. We used lines in WF6F, WF8F, WF9F, WF10F. We had Rio Redfish Lines in all those sizes. And even though we also had a variety of other lines in the same sizes, the Redfish Line quickly became our go-to floating line. It casts long, it casts short, and does everything with great predictability.
Rio Redfish Lines works well for bonefish, permit, snook, and baby tarpon too!
Item Description Size Price To Top
20779 Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line WF6F $79.95 Sale Ended
20780 Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line WF7F $79.95 Sale Ended
20781 Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line WF8F $79.95 Sale Ended
20782 Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line WF9F $79.95 Sale Ended
20783 Rio Redfish Fly Fishing Line WF10F $79.95 Sale Ended

Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper Saltwater Lines
Line up with Wulff's Bermuda Triangle Taper,. which is built to withstand the wilting heat of tropical flats and blistering decks, this line will continue to cast like a rocket when others have folded up. That's because it is built around a special 16-strand braided monofilament core that stays stiff to deliver blazing casts -- even in blazing heat. The finish is also harder and slicker than regular fly lines, with a slightly bumpy texture that helps facilitate longer casts. And, because it's a Triangle Taper, it features a tip that can be customized. The lighter, neutral colors "disappear" into the sea and sky for added stealth. Works best at temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit but can be used at lower temperatures. This line works as good as anything out there. The J3 coating holds up well in the heat and is very hard and slickFull floating lines now with J3 Coating.

Item Description Price To Top
SWT2B7F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $74.95 Sale Ended
SWT2B8F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $74.95 Sale Ended
SWT2B9F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $74.95 Sale Ended
SWT2B10F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $74.95 Sale Ended
SWT2B11F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $74.95 Sale Ended
SWT2B12F Royal Wulff Bermuda Triangle Taper, Floating Line, 2-Tone with J3 Coating $74.95 Sale Ended

Seal Line Seal Pak Buy Now!

A Christmas Gift For Anyone
The Seal Pak is the perfect dry storage for your wallet, cell phone, keys, camera, T.P., box of flies, spools of tippet, hook sharpener, nipper, floatant, power bars & compact flash light. This is your compact survival & comfort waist pack for anywhere and everywhere. The large roll-up portion is totally water proof. Made in Seattle, USA. These are very cool, and on sale too!

Seal Line Seal Paks

Day 6 on the river and the side canyons beckon. A camera and lunch would be perfect were it not for the deep pools and scrambling to the rim. The Seal Pak pack provides just the sort of hands-free protection and storage you need. Free yourself with multiple carrying options, including a removable waist belt and shoulder strap attachment. Let the watertight roll-down closure remove the barriers to where you can and cannot go. An external pocket for easy organization and rugged PU-coated polyester construction give this pack the versatility to handle anything.


  • Watertight Protection: Roll-down closure provides excellent protection from the elements.
  • Convenient Access: External zip pocket.
  • Versatile: Removable waist and shoulder straps plus options for securing to boats, bikes, etc.
  • PVC-Free: Eco-friendlier fabrics reduce environmental impact and add durability.
    Colors Gray/Gray, Gray/Green, Gray/Blue, Gray/Red, Gray/Orange
    Width 3 in / 8 cm
    Weight 7.3 oz / 207 g
    Length 8 in / 20 cm
    Height 8 in / 20 cm
    Volume 244 cu. in / 4 liters
    PVC-Free X
    Closure Roll-down
    Material(s) 600D polyurethane coated polyester
    Country of Origin Made in Seattle, USA
  • Item Description Price To Top
    08695 Seal Line Seal Pak, Gray Reg. $39.95
    Sale! $34.95
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    08696 Seal Line Seal Pak, Gray and Green Reg. $39.95
    Sale! $34.95
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    08694 Seal Line Seal Pak, Gray and Blue Reg. $39.95
    Sale! $34.95
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    08697 Seal Line Seal Pak, Gray and Red Reg. $39.95
    Sale! $34.95
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    08462 Seal Line Seal Pak, Gray and Orange Reg. $39.95
    Sale! $34.95
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    So, you finally got a chance to go on that tropical fly fishing dream-trip. Much of the best shallow water fishing is done while wading. This requires some specialized equipment.
    One of the questions you will need to answer is, what to carry your flies and small gear in?"
    Fishing vests, like those used for trout fishing are too hot and cumbersome, and definitely out of the question. A fanny pack is a better bet, but which one. There are dozens of choices offered by companies that claim to know what you need. Many are bulky, water absorbant, expensive, and pure crap.
    What you need is a simple lightweight pack that protects your flies and gear from the corrosive effects of saltwater. The main compartment needs to be totally waterproof, which means it needs to have a roll-top to keep the water out. Most small zippers are only water repellent. Only roll-tops like the main compartment of Seal Line Seal Paks are waterproof.
    The smaller zippered compartment on the outside of each Seal Line Seal Pak is not waterproof, but is a perfect place to put used flies that have been in saltwater. Don't put saltwater saturated flies back into a box containing unused flies or they will contaminate your unused flies. Instead segregated the used flies until you can wash them in soap and water and thoroughly dry them. Then they can be placed back into their original boxes.
    Seal Line Seal Paks slide on the belt so that they can be slid from your back to either side for easy entry. There is room enough for two or three average size fly boxes, tippet spools, etc. There are a couple of D-rings for attaching tools such as a clipper and hook sharpener. Seal Line Seal Paks are inexpensive, and perfect of saltwater flats fishing.

    Fish long & prosper,
    Mark, Patty & Crew

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