checked; fresh leaders attached; and flies selected for their fish-catching certainty. With toppingoff skiffs with gas, grabbing pushpoles and last application of sunscreen, we were off.We ran up Jackfish Channel into the keys and started our search for south Andros bonefish. Wewere surrounded by flats in every direction. Huge flats, some with marl and some with brightsand, pulled at our impulse to stop and fish. We fought the urge and sought to get more of a feelof where we were and, more to the point, where the fish might be. Winging around one key, wecame to another flat, and this one just looked too good. We came off the plane, pulled up themotors and started to pole. Sure enough, there was a school of mixed-size bones marchingtoward us. Eric was given the honors of first shot and he whipped a few casts out to the school.He had a take but, in his excitement, he set the hook too vigorously and popped the fly off in thefish. He quickly tied on another fly and Ben poled him back to the school. This time, he workedthe presentation just fine and he was on. With a two and a half pound bonefish in the skiff, wewere now in the game.Sport fishing in general and bonefishing in particular is filled with dogma. For example, I haveoften heard that "Bonefish move on to flats on the flood to feed and out with the ebb to avoid being trapped by falling water." Although this statement in particular seems to have some facevalidity predicting movements and locations of fish is usually mythological. After all they call itfishing, not catching. The numbers of variables that potentially could affect fish behavior arealmost infinite: tide stage, tidal flow, tidal range, wind, water temperature, time of day, lighting,underwater topography, and food availability to name a few. I have stood on countless flats thathad previously produced fish in conditions that looked perfect to me, waiting through severaltide changes for fish to arrive. I have been offered and have offered explanations for the "noshows" but I must now humbly submit that I don't have a clue. This said, I will gladly fish withthose of you who claim to know what you are doing. For some, I've come to believe that theyactually conjure up fish. But, for the rest of us mortals, it's a portion of strategy and a dose of good fortune.In fact, we have found bonefish in most every venue we have scoured – just not every spot atevery time. It seems every more clear that it's not just where you try to ambush bonefish butwhen you fish them. Tidal situation means everything when fishing bonefish. We're seeing aclear pattern of bonefish staging in a particular flat just prior to the respective tidal change.Anticipating that and positioning yourself accordingly makes all the difference. When you dothat just right, you own the fish for 60 – 90 minutes and then it's over. This is truly angling, notmerely fishing.On Monday, we set out at 8am to explore the ocean flats of the Curley Cut Cays and the easternmost part of the Water Cays. The tide was low at 6am and we would be catching it in midrange.This is not the best situation for bonefish coming onto flats, but we still fished a dozen areas before noon. Each island was picture perfect with mangroves right up to the water and huge flatsof grass, corals and sand: perfect habitat. The wading was firm. The flats were endless.