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    My next birthday will bring me into my 3rd decade on this planet and I'm looking to take a fly fishing trip outside of GA to celebrate. Can't decide between going for Salmon or Bonefish/Tarpon down in FL. Looking for any info on reliable guides and different places people have been where they had a great time and were able to land some fish on the fly. All info appreciated.
    To be underestimated is to be at an advantage.

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    Originally posted by CookieMonster30 View Post
    My next birthday will bring me into my 3rd decade on this planet and I'm looking to take a fly fishing trip outside of GA to celebrate. Can't decide between going for Salmon or Bonefish/Tarpon down in FL. Looking for any info on reliable guides and different places people have been where they had a great time and were able to land some fish on the fly. All info appreciated.
    If you want guarantee fish, go for Salmon. Fishing for bones/poons can be frustrating at times.

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    • #3
      Nice suggestion. Do you have any specifics guides/locations?
      To be underestimated is to be at an advantage.

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      • #4
        Depends

        It depends at least in part on where your birth date falls. Salmon (and steelhead) are very seasonal as are bones and the big minnows. The obvious solution of course is to do both trips!

        ps. Tarpon. So a few years back I toured the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. The ceiling of which is the famous series of paintings Michalangelo painted. Do you recall the story of Jonah and the whale who swallowed him? The depiction on the Sistine ceiling is a tarpon! Or at least a fish that looks a whole lot like a tarpon!

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        • #5
          Well my birthday is in late March but I'm not really worried about going on the trip on my birthday. I'll follow the bite no matter what time of year so if you have any Salmon guides or locations just let me know and whenever the season is I can make it work. As far as the Sistine chapel is concerned I'm not surprised the Silver King showed up to the party. I fought one about two years ago for an hour and a half before a hammerhead had him for lunch...
          To be underestimated is to be at an advantage.

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          • #6
            A Florida tarpon trip will cost you a fraction of what a salmon trip would.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dylar View Post
              A Florida tarpon trip will cost you a fraction of what a salmon trip would.
              Not really if you look at 7 days of fishing.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by CookieMonster30 View Post
                Nice suggestion. Do you have any specifics guides/locations?
                That all depends on what you want. Are you looking for a full week of fishing or just one day? Want to fish some and then see the area on other days? And yes, what about budget?

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                • #9
                  Not sure on how many day I want to fish but at least 2-3. As far as $ I don't know how much I would be looking at for each trip I would like to go somewhere and strictly fish so not worried about seeing the area I figured I would get plenty of view when I went fishing so touring the area isn't a factor. Suggestions?
                  To be underestimated is to be at an advantage.

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                  • #10
                    Salmon

                    For salmon (and brother steelhead) you pretty much have two options, the Great Lakes and the Pacific coast. You could drive to the Great Lakes salmon/steelhead water and maybe even some monster lake run browns. Parts of Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and New York all have these waters. Never talked about much, but the same salmon options are on the Canadian side. If you do the Great Lakes and drive you will burn a full day each direction but you will have optimum stream to stream mobility.

                    Pacific northwest is a fly to trip. By the time you get a place like Medford, OR you will burn one day for travel each way. Medford is center point for the Rogue and the Applegate and just a couple hours from the coast. One weird thing for me was trying to get my brain to accept elk herds 200 yards from the beach! Lots of other Pacific options for salmon all the way to Alaska. For either the Great Lakes of the Pacific, do some research on seasons for all these species and see when the salmon are running in Oregon or Michigan and line this up with your travel plans.

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                    • #11
                      If I were to celebrate my birthday with a fishing trip, it would be to the abacos. Not really for the bonefish, though you could spend a day doing that.
                      -skunked

                      Warning: all posts should be assumed to contain sarcasm and misinformation unless stated otherwise. The opinions shared are not necessarily those of the poster.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by CookieMonster30 View Post
                        Not sure on how many day I want to fish but at least 2-3. As far as $ I don't know how much I would be looking at for each trip I would like to go somewhere and strictly fish so not worried about seeing the area I figured I would get plenty of view when I went fishing so touring the area isn't a factor. Suggestions?
                        You would definitely need to narrow it down a little. Do you want to fly? Personally, I would go to Labrador for brookies; Alaska for the silver run in early September; or British Columbia for salmon/steelheads if I had a week. Catching the brown trout run out of the great lakes is doable over a weekend. Now part of the adventure is seeing the area and it would be a shame if you didn't explore Alaska or Canada

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                        • #13
                          I'm defintely not opposed going to Labrador for some brook trout and not opposed to flying somewhere to fish. Have any experience with any guides up there/lodging? Looking for some specific guides/lodges/fishing locations if anyone has any.
                          To be underestimated is to be at an advantage.

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                          • #14
                            CookieMonster30

                            Dear Cookie: Alexa doesn't live here.

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                            • #15
                              Dear Johnkies:

                              The fact that Alexa doesn't live here is exactly why I'm asking on this message board to get some suggestions from actual human fisherman who have some experience and not the voice of a robotic woman with absolutely no fishing knowledge.
                              To be underestimated is to be at an advantage.

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