Nice fish....here's a tip.Turn your fish upside down to unhook the Fly....it's much quicker as he will remain motionless while you do it.
Very good info DF...
Somehow we learned that in the mid-80s when we went to Christmas Island.
We also started fishing barbless because we caught so many fish per day.
Most everywhere you go has some big Bones over 10 pounds but they usually stay in deeper water.
Many years ago we heard that a native on Christmas Island had netted a 22 pound Bonefish.
Some years ago Fred Gordon and Mark Merrill went to Andros Island in the Bahamas that is famous for big Bones.
Fred said that to land ones over 15# you had to fish a very light drag and get lucky.
One day at Christmas Island I was in 3+ feet of water wading in from being dropped off from the boat.
I saw a very large Bonefish headed out off the flat on a 45 degree angle headed for deeper water.
As he went out by me I launched a "Hail Mary" cast out in front of it.
It must have fallen right in it's path and it ate it. Then it just kept going spooling me with 200 yards of 20# test backing.
I wade out to my chin and after it popped at the end I had to reel in 200 yards of backing, amazing.
I would guess that most Bonefish over 15 pounds don't get landed.
That's a great Bonefish story Bill.I don't have one quite as exciting but (like many) I've been fortunate to have caught and lost some stinkers over the years,but that's OK...I put myself in that position deliberately and so I'm prepared for the consequences.You're right about the big fish,Fred Gordon's advice is on the money.
Fly fishing is a mental game like tennis and is often a test of one's character.