Fly Patterns for Bonefish
|The two most effective flies in The Bahamas are possibly the Gotcha Fly and the Clouser Minnow (tan and white). Vary the sizes and sink rates by varying the weight of the eyes. For example, while we recommend 1/50th and 1/36th lead eyes on the Clouser Minnows described below, you may want to experiment with 1/100th lead eyes as well. For tailing fish or skinny water use an unweighted fly like a “Blind Charlie” (tied without any bead chain eyes) or a Bunny Bone. It is also important when you assemble your fly collection to have the primary colors represented: pink, silver/white, brown / tan / amber, gold / yellow and green.|
|Brewer’s Amber Shrimp
Hook: #4 - #6
Thread: Yellow Fly Master Plus
Tail: Lemon Wood Duck
Body: Yellow Floss, overwrapped with Amber V-Rib (Swannundaze)
Eyes: Medium Silver Bead Chain
Wing: Light brown buck or calftail, sided with Cree saddle hackle tips.
|Clouser’s Minnow (good, deep water, big fish fly)
Colors: tan & white (another effective Clouser pattern is green and white.)
Hook: #2 - #8
Thread: Tan Fly Master Plus
Eyes: 1/50th or 1/36th ounce lead eyes with black pupil on red iris (lacquer) Body: None
Underwing: (Tied on top of hook shank, before turning over)
Very sparse white bucktail 1½ inches long
Overwing: (Tied after hook is inverted). A few strands of gold Krystal Flash topped with very sparse tan or light brown bucktail, same length as underwing.
|Bunny Bone Tan (good pattern
for tailers; skinny water):
Hook: #6 - #8
Thread: Beige Fly Master Plus
Eyes: Black plastic bead eyes or burned mono eyes, tied in near hook bend
Fan Tail: Natural Tan Rabbit Fur (or dark brown rabbit fur)
Antennae: 2 strands Copper Krystal Flash, 2½ X shank length
Body: Tan Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn (built up slightly around eyes and tapering to the hook eye).
|Bunny Bone White (good
pattern for tailers; skinny water):
Hook: #6 - #8
Thread: Pink Fly Master Plus
Eyes: White plastic bead eyes or burned mono eyes, tied in near hook bend
Fan Tail: White Rabbit
Antennae: 2 strands Pearl Krystal Flash
Body: Silver Tinsel
|Del Brown’s Permit Fly
Hook: #1/0 - #6
Thread: Chartreuse flat waxed nylon.
Weight: 1/24th , 1/36th or 1/50th oz. Lead eyes.
Tail: 4 strands pearl Flashabou, and 4 ginger variant or cree neck hackles, tied splayed to imitate claws.
Body: Aunt Lydia’s Rug Yarn, 8 – 10 strips, approximately 2” long, trimmed to round shape.
Legs: Four 1-1 ½ “ pieces of white rubber hackle, tipped red with a Sharpie Pen
|Pink Mini Puff
Hook: #4 - #8
Thread: White flat waxed nylon
Eyes: Small silver bead chain
Tail (wing): White calf tail tied in at bend, appx. length of hook shank, topped with 4 strands of Pearl crystal flash and sided with grizzly saddle tips (splayed).
Body: Medium pink chenille, figured eighted around bead chain eyes to produce a "ball".
TYING THE "GOTCHA"
The following are the steps involved in tying the Gotcha, a variation of the Crazy Charlie.
Step 1) Insert hook in vice, bend down barb with pliers,
and sharpen. Cover the entire hook shank with a foundation of pink Fly Master Plus (the pink color will "glow"
through the pearl poly flash body). Tie in bead-chain eyes behind the hook eye (leaving enough room to build
up the head).
This is the original time-tested "Gotcha" recipe, one of the most effective and most frequently used patterns from Acklins to Abaco. Effective variations include substituting brown or orange Craft Fur for the wing. Gotcha's are tied most frequently on #4 hooks, but #2's, #6's and even #8's are used depending on water depth. Gotchas are most frequently tied with medium size bead-chain eyes, but can be tied with large bead-chain or even chrome lead eyes for deep water, or with plastic or mono eyes or "blind" (without any eyes) for skinny water or tailing fish.
Having completed this pattern, you should be able to tie any of the basic "Crazy Charlie" variations (like Brewer's Amber Shrimp), other basic styles like the Mini Puff series. The Simram is an unorthodox pattern that defies easy written description of the tying technique. If you want to learn to tie this pattern , we recommend purchasing one to copy.
Note: The Simram is a very effective deep water
bonefish fly. In contrast to the relatively simple Crazy Charlie or Mini-Puff series of bonefish patterns,
the Simram is somewhat complex and defies clear verbal tying instructions. We’ve given it our best shot here
but recommend that you get an accurately tied Simram to use as a model. Materials are listed in order that
they are tied in.
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