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Steve Fraley, BBT
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March 24, 2018

Still not much new to tell so this will be a sort of photo dump of some of the shots I’ve taken since the last real report and a few of them will be repeats for those of you that follow me and/or us (BBT) on Facebook.


I had Tom for a few days including St. Patricks Day. Had a lot of fun scouting mid-river and admiring fish out doing their thing as well as joining the parade and meeting up with friends on Saturday. Lots of good food, fantastic beverages to sample and fellowship with great friends! We even managed to wet a line a few times along the way…

A few of our fishing pics… (Including the one above.)

Some food and fellowship!

I had Sunday blocked off since I guided Saturday to keep up our St. Patrick’s day tradition alive. Slept in then spent it on this… ;^)

Had a great day with Kevin on Monday finding lots of players in the deeper woody pools and runs. Lost quite a few to said wood, but landed our share as well and enjoyed catching up. It’s been a few years since we’ve fished and I’m loking forward to more trips soon! Say hi to Ella from me and the girls Kevin…

A few of our fish pics, sorry about the hand slip into the gill plate on this one, didn’t even notice till I was jpeg converting and uploading this photo, she swam away strong and I “believe” she’s fine, but it is something to avoid if you can and are releasing your catch…

The annual trip with Ron and Russ was a fun one as always on Tuesday. A little slower on the bite that day, but we had more than a fair share of hot fish hooked up and brought a couple to hand. Got two day’s on the books next year and I’m looking forward to it already! Thanks guys…

Nice work!

I had part of “The Winkle 5” on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. No way to describe this annual event other than fantastic! I always look forward to fishing with this group as well as our dinner trips at night and various other shenanigans… ;^) Wednesday was a tough bite, but Kevin managed to bring a solid hen to hand and both he and Paul lost some others.

Great work! She was one hot mama…

I got the one man trip on Thursday with Wayne and was able to fish most of the day with him. Got into a hot bite in the morning and took full advantage of it, a little tougher in the afternoon, but an entire day of fun for sure!

Some fish pics from Thursday.

A fun dinner gathering!

Friday I had Wayne again as well as Steve. Tough bite to start in another very cold morning, but we managed to hold our own and get a few grip and grins… A couple of the other guys, Kevin and Marshal, went further down river with Johnny and found some new fish as well!

Friday fun day!

Paul doing battle with a heart breaker in John’s boat.

A few of our others.

A few from downriver Friday and Wayne with one they got this morning out on their own…

It looks like we may get some much needed rain this week and hopefully it’ll be enough to spike the water level a bit and give us a little color. Until that happens fish will continue to find cover anywhere they can get it with very few showing themselves during the daylight. In other words, plan on losing a few flies and concentrate your efforts on anything you can’t see into or the bottom of… A bit of the warmer weather we have on the way should spike the water temp back up to better levels and personally, I’m looking forward to not freezing every morning! ;^)

That’s pretty much all I’ve got for now so, till next time, tight lines!

Announcements/Destination Travel Info-

Join us at The Blue Bonefish in Belize January 19th to January 26th (6 spots available) or January 26th to February 2nd (8 spots available) 2019!

All guest enjoy the use of golf carts and bicycles to get around the island as well as kayaks and paddleboards!

Need more after a day of fishing? Go back out! ;^)

A fishing package ($1,795.00 US plus 9% local sales tax and guide tips) includes seven nights lodging (two per suite) all meals, four days flats fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, barracuda and jack trevalle (two per boat), one day of reef fishing or snorkeling and a free day to explore or take a tour!

A non-fishing package ($1,000.00 US plus 9% local sales tax) includes seven nights lodging and all meals/amenities. Extra flats fishing day can be added ($150.00 US per day plus guide tip) if a non fishing guest wished to join for a day or a fishing guest would like a little more!

Mayan ruins tours, cave tubing, scuba diving, snorkeling, jungle zip lining and catamaran sailing are some of the day tours we can book for you while there, or simply enjoy exploring the island…

A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking (Cash or check) and only 6 & 8 spots are available! (US Passport is required!) First come first serve… Getting there is easy with a flight to Belize City followed by a short airplane ride on Tropic Air to the island of San Pedro where you will be met at the airport.

This is a fantastic and affordable trip to just relax in the sun or enjoy some spectacular salt water fishing! While most of our (BBT’s) destination travel trips are hardcore fishing this one, in contrast, is most certainly one that a non-fishing companion would enjoy just as much! San Pedro is an awesome little laid back island with English speaking residents, Caribbean cuisine, great shopping and night life! Give us a call to reserve your place with us this winter… 1-231-745-3529

Argentina 2019

The dates are January 5 – 12, 2019 and we are taking deposits ($1,000) now to hold your spot! Treat yourself to a trip of a lifetime! The package price per person based on double occupancy is US $3,950.00 and includes:
• Six full days guided fishing (with expert, local bilingual (Spanish-English) fly-fishing guide)
• All your lodging, meals and beverages (including beer & wine with meals)
• Transportation to and from the Airport in Bariloche

Alaska We have our “BBT Hosted” dates set for next year…. (Keep in mind we can book any dates for you!!) August 4 - 11, 2018. The “BBT Special” will be $3,495 per person for a week of fishing in some of the greatest water in Alaska! This rate INCLUDES the “Best of Katmai” Package; two fly outs throughout the week! $3,495 is the standard weekly rate without fly-outs…an incredible BBT exclusive deal!!! If you are interested in joining us, please contact the shop for details. It is an amazing trip!!!!

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