We are a small, locally-owned guide service located on Grand Cayman. There are no stock trips here; we cater each experience for our individual guests. We specialize in guided fly fishing wade trips for bonefish and tarpon… and any other fun species that crosses our path! Although not known as a flats fishing destination, the Cayman Islands have good numbers of bonefish and tarpon, as well as many other fun saltwater species, like jacks, barracuda, snappers, pompano, snook and even permit.
Me (Davin Ebanks) and co-owner Joel Jefferson were born to the waters surrounding Grand Cayman. Through many hours on the flats, we are in tune with the tides and temperaments that determine when and where the elusive bonefish will be and how to get them to eat a fly.
After hooking a tailing bonefish on their first outing, they’re hooked for life! You can see it in their eyes.
We have fished these waters since we were old enough to hold a line and have pursued that passion with an unwavering dedication—ok, obsession—ever since. Fish Bones guide service has been guiding fly fishing anglers to bonefish and tarpon for over 15 years with the dedication, old-fashioned work ethic and good humor that characterize the Caymanian people.
Fishing has always figured prominently in the Caymanian culture, but slowly catch-and-release sport fishing is becoming the way of the future—a way to enjoy and preserve Cayman’s marine heritage. From the great Blue Marlin to the elusive Permit, these small islands are home to a staggering variety of species, and there are captains and guides to match the fish. However, few fishing charter captains are experienced with the special needs and challenges of fly fishing. That’s why I started Fish Bones Guided Fly Fishing back in the early 2000’s, and why it’s become one of the most popular guide services in the Cayman Islands. I clearly remember one of the early interviews I gave to a puzzled reporter doing a puff piece about Cayman fishing charters. They asked how I could successfully take anglers fishing without a boat for a fish most people don’t even know exists here.
While the Cayman Islands are not a destination that many people visit specifically for bonefish, it’s a nice option once you’re here. We may not have the vast flats of some other Caribbean destinations, but what we lack in size we make up for in intensity. I can consistently put my anglers on tailing bonefish without ever stepping foot in a flats boat. That is a luxury not found just anywhere.
I fish with a lot of beginners who just want their first taste of flats fishing with a fly rod. After hooking a tailing bonefish on their first outing, they’re hooked for life! You can see it in their eyes.
~ Davin Ebanks
Owner & Bonefish Guide
Davin started FISH BONES Guided Fly Fishing and has been guiding anglers to their first bonefish and tarpon on fly since in 2001. Born and raised on Grand Cayman, his grandfather was a fisherman, and his father before him. Davin has been fishing since literally before he can remember.
I love guiding anglers to their first bonefish. One of my favorite things is wading for bonefish, I can relate to the excitement and anxiety of fishing somewhere new—I know what it’s like from my own travels. I’ve bonefished in Hawaii, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Panama, Great Exuma, Eleuthera, Andros, and the Florida Keys… and I’ve loved every minute of it. I hope you enjoy your fishing trip with us here on Grand Cayman Island just as much!
Davin is also author of the FlatsWalker blog where he chronicled his own fly fishing journey—from his frustrating days getting skunked as a novice, to landing a 100-pound tarpon on fly, to his daily experiences as a guide. One of his signature bonefish flies (the Usual) has been published in Dick Brown’s Bonefish Fly Patters, 2nd Ed. and Davin has recently gained a modest reputation as a fly casting instructor with his YouTube Fly Casting Channel.
Thanks again for a great time. Made me remember why we fly fish and how it makes things just better. I can’t wait to feel a bonefish on the line again, still have not gotten past that rush!
Joel has been free-diving and fishing the waters off West Bay, Grand Cayman since he was a child. A successful businessman already—owning/operating the Dominos Pizzas on-island—he guides because he loves it! His respect for the sport is obvious in his meticulously maintained tackle and passion for being on the water, fly-rod in hand or gently guiding a guest to their first bonefish on fly. He holds the only IGFA certification for a Cayman Grand Slam—permit, bonefish and tarpon in a single day—and he’s one heck of a guide. Being an ex-basketball player helps with his vantage point and he can see fish like an osprey. He’s also one of the most fun guides to spend a day with, knowing how to balance intense fishing and simply having a good time. That’s a talent in itself.
Although he cut his bonefishing teeth wading the flats, Joel also fishes a beautiful 16-foot Dolphin Super Skiff. He loves poling anglers to their first bonefish or tarpon or snook and showing them the spectacular waters of Grand Cayman.
Talking sports, White Tip beer, pizza, Cayman Cookout, vino…fantastic.
FISH BONES, Guided Fly Fishing is a private guide service located on the island of Grand Cayman. We specialize in wading fly fishing for bonefish and tarpon, with over 15 years of experience guiding and teaching anglers to fly fish the flats. Catch-and-release, sustainable sport-fishing. 100% Local!