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Bonefish

Crazy Charlie Questions
Hello, I am in the midst of tying flies for a diy trip to Grand Cayman and will be targeting bonefish and baby tarpon. I am about to purchase the materials needed for a crazy Charlie and was wondering
Rate my Clouser 3.0
Here's another tip.. think of the Clouser as a style of tying instead of a specific pattern since you're fishing the salt... Use any color that suits and vary both the hook size and the size of the ey
SON OF A...
skeet3t, it's a Sage, so as soon as I get ink for the printer, I can print out the shipping label...   salty, it's Monic Bonefish.   
The Golden Gotcha
Here's our twist on one of the most effective flies for bonefish from the Indo-Pacific to the Bahamas, Belize, and Mexico. A good customer of ours who frequently fishes the Abacos reported that the fi
Epoxy crabs
That is a valid question. I have never blind cast them. Sight casting is the only way I fish them, either by letting them drop in front of a redfish, permit, or bonefish, or as you mentioned, castin
Head cement deterring fish?
Sight fishing ... carp, bonefish, LMB ... etc.  It's easy to see what's "working" and what's not. Cream, your experience would support the "it DOES matter" school of thought.   Coffee colore
The Sad Flea
The shop's Biscayne Bay guide Capt. Dave Saddler came up with the Sad Flea for big Bay Bonefish, because it can easily be modified for super shallow Bahamas bonefish, and also be scaled up for permit,
lead wire help
Ive never seen heavy and bonefish in the same sentence. They are skittish fish and a loud plop is going to scatter them. The best bonefish jigs are skimmers about 1/8 oz. If its for a spinning rod w
Could the Clouser be the most versatile streamer ever made?
Ive never fished for tarpon with a clouser, moves too fast. Not that it cant work you just have a better chance if you can keep the fly in there face longer, I would take a complex twist bugger with
Doc Halls Tailing Shrimp
This is a great video. I am impressed at how far your videos have come in such a short time, keep it up!   This fly reminds me a bit of Chico Fernandez's snapping shrimp, another popular bonefish
Possum dub?
    American opposum as opposed to Australian possum which is a marsupial    Actually, both are marsupials. The opossum is the only marsupial in North America.   When I trapp
bendback question
FattyMatt, IMO the "bendback" hook you posted, starting this thread is bent too much. A slight bend has proven to produce better hooking. Bend the hook too much it drags the point the hook point, ofte
What's the deal on fly reels?
Maybe Okuma has improved.  I bought a couple. The ball bearings were steel, but were in a plastic matrix.  My buddy doesn't abuse his reels, but he does use them hard.  You buy a $30 re
Looking for a new line
A couple of things no one has pointed out yet, first is temperature, here in florida I use rio bonefish and love it, it doesnt get soft on me in the summer. Now the problem with that line is today it
Stocking a bass and panfish fly box suggestions
Here's a couple of no namers. The first one might have a name but it didn't have one when Harry Steeves showed it to me about 15 years ago. To be honest I didn't have much luck with the original. I've
Deer hair
I buy my deertails in bulk, if possible, and try to use every last bit.... Natural bucktails, after all the nice white hair is gone, I use the center hairs for spreaders on tarpon flies, collars on Co
Saltwater tying thread?
Have been using Danville 210 FWN and Danvile Fine mom on my SW flies for 15 years. It's consistent, readily available and just works for everything I do. The only time I will go smaller is for some
salty skill building no.1 - the clouser minnow
Philly! Actually it dosen't say anywhere, but now that i have a heap of nice flies for flats fishing, i want to go! Have to look into places that arn't fare, Spain, Portugal i don't know! Also there i
crayfish patterns
My go-to crawfish patterns are fairly simple, but they've produced enough to hold permanent spots in my boxes:   For small ones (say, #8 and smaller) a brown woolly bugger.  It ain't fancy,
January flies from the vise
I tried to quote you guys.   Yeah a Ring burner.  Can't think of the origin of the name, but probably has something to do with the orange colour.  It's essentially an orange CI (Christm
lamson or hardie?
I wonder what all the striper, salmon, and steelhead fishermen did back in the days before sealed drags and CNC machined reels.    Oh, yeah, Lefty Kreh wrote about what they used to do... t
Gamakatsu hooks!
Gamakatsu does have a line hooks that are marketed as Saltwater.  They are super sharp hooks that are tinned and are not stainless.  The most popular ones are the SL12S Big Game, SC15 Wide G
Golden Hair
I used tail feathers from my Golden and the puffs of fur you get off the hind quarters to tie a bonefish fly .... And yes it worked.
Reel advice?
Joseph - I'm happy with my Guru 2 which I picked up at Sierra Trading Post at a bargain price maybe 6 weeks ago.  SInce this is a discontinued item I started to think about spare spools and seei
What do you do with your swap flys
Li'l Dave's post reminded me that I enjoy entering swaps to tie flies I don't usually fish. I enjoy tying up something I don't usually do, which means of course I probably won't fish the ones I get, m
Custom hand painted fly box
Just finished this recycling of an old cigar box. The tarpon and fly are painted with acrylics and clear coated. Dimensions are 9"x7.75"x2" deep. This would be a very nice item for your man cave or co
Polar Bear fur
Thought I'd dig up this 3 month old thread.  In the early days of ebay you would often see this stuff for sale.  Then all of a sudden if the word "p o l a r" was in the description someone w
Best bobbin?
Before I comment on bobbins you need to remember that I'm a saltwater tyer and use my gear for production work (hard usage, flat-waxed nylon from Danville mostly, small thread for me is 3/0 monocord f
Best Vice For $120
  I have owned both the Danvise and the Mongoose (which I currently tie on) and I can tell you that the Danvise is a very good piece of equipment.  It was my first rotary vise, and it he
Matching the rod with the fly.
There's a reason you won't see any bamboo on the salt (at least I never have, and I've been working the long rod since 1976.... and began guiding full time in 1996 down here in south Florida) but that
Ambergris Caye Belize March 2016
Chico Fernandez's bonefish special.It should be tied with an orange tail but this is all I had on hand.   Anything by Fernandez is a good bet   [attachment=54003:thumbm_img4cdb806a8c452.jpg]
SPR
Denver Bonefish.... good God. 
Clouser Minnows
Hey Chrome...neat little flies aren't they. In a Bob Clouser Video with  Lefty, he has a small bonefish Clouser with calftail. My wife and I have been using small calftail Clouser's similar to th
Need Help! Andros/Nassau/Paradise Island Fly Fishing
 Well, at this point I believe I have seen everything there is to see online about any kind of flats fishing in Nassau/Paradise Island.   I need to hear from people on here who live there or
An Ohio guy
Welcome to the site. Not a lot of bonefish chasing opportunities in Ohio.  Where do you go for those? 
Green shrimp
Very nice looking fly! That should work! I like it!    I would use that fly as a crayfish imitation too for our Smallmouth bass. Would bet it would even work well for Redfish or Bonefish, bu
Goin home to Ohio in September, Bass Fly advice?
You'll be able to use any of those flies you tie for bonefish.  Bass will take anything that looks alive, and shrimp, crayfish and bait fish patterns all get eaten. Topwater is fun, but is limite
My first flies!
Here are a few flies I tied up last night. My first attempts at the amber shrimp and the gotcha (all for bonefish here in Hawaii!)
FREE LEADERS!!!
Over a month ago you said you were sending me a couple of your leaders and I sent you a few bonefish flies. I have yet to see any leaders.
Small mouth Bass Flies
I've never fished the Snake, or west of the Mississippi for that matter, but will agree with Dave G about flies for SM. They're take almost any fly you can cast and doesn't have to be a fly actually t
Whip Finish Loose?
Well, thank you for your service.  I don't think Red Devils will thrill you as much as bonefish, but a good Peacock Bass might.
Short Shank Hooks?
I use the Mosquito hooks as is. That offset is only slight, and I've yet to have any issue.    Mike, that's really not true. I've used other hooks that had offset points & never had one
Smallmouth
I've caught them on many different fly patterns. Have caught them while fishing for trout on wet flies, terrestrial, nymphs, streamers & dry flies. In bigger waters, like the Susquehanna River I'v
living in florida....
I've been living in Florida since '89.  I love it down here.    The fishing can be/is good/incredible anywhere in the state but that can be said pretty much anywhere, not just Florida.&
Borski Slider
All that's needed to turn that slider into a very good bonefish fly is to shorten the tail a bit (no longer than the length of the hook itself with a #4 or #2 hook -excellent bug for mudding fish alon
dyed bucktails
Like Tidewater I use quite a bit of the center hair from bucktails -both for fly tying and for jig making.  Since I do hundreds of bucktail jigs using the nice white bucktail hair it leaves me wi
Flats Shrimp
Sometimes you can tweak a realistic into a fishable Critter. I took my Grass Shrimp and turned it into a 2 " shrimp for fish'N the flats. Lay this fly on the water near a tailing Bonefish. Yes Sir ...
Sometimes Your Just In A Crabby Mood
I just about grew up on Jones Beach L. I . I used to Love walking down the beach finding Crab Claws or even whole Crabs washed up on the Beach. So I figured what Hell. Let me see what I can come with
1st river brownie EYOOO
troutguy! The grayling in Finland are much easier to catch then brown trout, mostly silver, but they have a awsome shade of brown/burgandy & electric blue mixed in with them! Truly beautiful! Yes!
Who prefers to fish bamboo?
I often see the stated advantage of fast graphite is they can throw a line farther.  So?  If you're fishing for bonefish, maybe that's an advantage, but I've never seen the need for a 60' ca
India necks
Years ago I did dozens and dozens of bonefish flies using Indian cree neck hackles for accents (a single small hackle on each side of an inverted wing - as shown on any Crazy Charlie or Snapping Shrim
Problems with fly reels
I just wish I could get into more fish that would get into my backing. I don't live near bonefish and big tarpon and can't afford to travel to those areas. I've only hooked on big redfish of about 42"
Fly Displays
I started doing shows (boat shows mostly, then fishing shows, then fly gatherings) back in the eighties and wanted a quick way to not only allow folks to look -but also pick up and examine my flies up
Bream/panfish patterns?
Tidewaterfly.... you've got some great stuff!   I really like the bee.  But I've gotta know: in the box of "bonefish style" flies, the right-hand box section, the 2nd fly from the upper
Least favorite fish to catch
Nothing really i hate maple and oak fish they suck espcially after the first fall storms here in pa while trout fishing. Suprisingly i love catching big creek chubs on the fly some of tgem 7 to 9 inch
badger and fox fur
Some great advice already made! It depends on what part of the animal the patches are from for what it can be best used. Belly hair is different than from the back area. No matter what you have it can
Salt/Fresh Reel
I highly recommend any of the Nautilus reels -I have five of them in hard commercial w/o a single problem.... If you are willing to buy used, a Billy Pate Salmon reel is a fine investment. Extremely
any opinions of Aleka rods / reels?
I have an A4 rod and the A4 reel,  both seem to be ok,  they have stood up to about 8 months of saltwater fishing,  I have laded some nice bonefish with that combo.  The drag works
Best float line
If you don't mind spending the money try the rio perception line. It's suppose to be ultra low stretch line which help with casting, hooksets, mends, ect. Something a little less expensive would be
"It comes in any color, as long as it is chartreuse"
I think any type of streamer and any type of popper would be good, it doesn't hurt to hit every species with a little chartreuse. (and I am tying big purely because I just recently tied a hundred size
what else to take to Mexico?
So far I have tied the following for boca paila next month: 6 Charlies (more to come - just got tan, orange, white, pink and chart bucktails) 10 gotchas (with and without crazy legs) 8 bonefish bitter
waldner spoon fly
Small spoon flies are very popular for those that target redfish.  I've watched reds hunt down and attack those little spoons (barely bigger than your thumbnail...) on more than one occasion. 
Carp Flies for February
Welcome to the site, Alex.  I've heard Carp described as the "poor man's Bonefish".   They are very hard to approach, cast to and fool into taking an artificial offering.  There are som
Need a physics lesson
Guys, for the sake of this post I need to find a solution using these hooks (mustad 34007 sizes 6 through 2 and Gama sl45 bonefish hooks sizes 8 through 4). Also, while I have bucktail in every color
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