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Bonefish

Classic designs that work for panfish/smallmouth
You've pretty much answered most of your own questions I think. Sounds to me like you just need some confirmation or reassurances from some of the rest of us.    For panfish, any fly you've
Where (if anywhere) do you skimp? (spin-off thread)
I look for value at low price on reels for sure.    I don't think I have a reel right now that I paid over $50 for.   I've fished the salt a fair bit with them too, catching f
Micro Barb Shrimp
  This is a pattern inspired by the Micro Barb Crab which designed by David Samuel... everyone was looking at Micro Barb for dry flies... but David put it into a crab pattern.   Material li
From the Saltwater Bench
In anticipation of an upcoming trip to the keys I tied a few shrimpy things for bonefish. Mostly #4-6 hooks.    
Craft Fur Minnow and Recent Report
Great permit... When I came back to guiding almost 20 years ago and went full time a very well respected long time fly angler who lives in the Keys and has caught everything from billfish to permit on
Best mono thread.
Oh boy... I must belong to the caveman era... My mono thread is usually just 4lb mono that's no longer worth using on a small spinning reel... I've tied with 2, 4, and six pound mono over the years.
What is tenekra fishing
I never knew I was doing something similar, pocket water fishing with a 9' 4wt rod in the mid 90's... No need for the reel, just enough line to hold it out away from you or "archer" the fly in its i
Carp Flies (picture heavy)
The fish skull flies remind me of bonefish jigs. You may be correct about the splash, but agree they might be good for deeper water!
Awfully quiet around here
We jumped five tarpon today - but none on fly... The highlight today was an 11 year old boy hooked up on a 30 to 40lb tarp on the lightest rod on the boat (a bonefish spinner, with only 10lb braid).
Carp flies?
Small craw patterns seems to work well for me. I know a lot of people have adapted bonefish flies for carp. One being the Crazy Charlie. What is nice is that it rides hook up and you can do any color
Carp Flies???
Fishing for Carp, so I've heard, is like fishing for Bonefish.  They are very easily spooked.  But if you can put a small crustacean in their way without spooling them, then you'll likely ha
Problem with dumbbell eyes
I use a ton of lead eyes in four different sizes. In some cases I don't paint the eyes at all (for bonefish bugs and others where I want a subdued appearance. In other patterns I really want the eyes
Orvis Encounter
I've heard very little of the rods; they're new to the market, and Orvis doesn't offer any helpful info on its site.  I expect lowest rung hardware, cork, etc..., and possibly some "hurried" guid
Best hook styles and brands
My advice is going to be a bit contrary.... Don't buy hooks in bulk until you know what you're going to need. I went almost twenty years before I began buying my hooks by the thousand per size. I us
Squimp
Anyone know the formula for tying a saltwater Squimp?  From the one I have, I appears to be a TMC 800S hook (#6), a cream craft fur tail (although I imagine that you could use calf tail or other)
Marketing Fly Patterns?
Troutbum, that information that flytire provided is great & should give you the answers to your question. If you want to market flies yourself, the biggest issue is production. As Adventure568 sai
Muskie fly line???
Been fishing pike for a few years and have been stepping up my big flies. Usually the pike accessible to me are not much bigger than 30 inches so lines were never an issue with smaller flies. However
Back from Belize (Ambergris Caye)
The trip to Ambergris Caye was well worth the wait and planning...Weather was about as good as it gets.  No bugs, no rain...Bearable wind, except for the last 2 days when it was howling.  Fo
RBF: Need an 8wt
I've been looking at building a 9' 8wt for a long time, for anything from bass poppers, big streamers, or maybe even inshore if I make it to the coast. Primarily going to be a bass (and maybe carp) ro
Woven cdc parachute may fly emerger.......
Mike, after reading a lot of your posts, I think that maybe you should reconsider your decision.  If I was I a trout I know that I would become a victim of Terje's amazing flies and I think that
Tying a fly using Golden Retriever hair
First of all very sorry to hear about your loss; as for a simple fly to tie with Golden Retriever hair , i tied a Gotcha fly (bonefish) for the Pet hair swap last year. Use the same Gotcha recipe as u
Cobia Flies
A few words about cobia and rays... Lots of fish will follow rays (and at times anything larger than they are....).  I've tossed flies at bonefish, snapper, cobia, redfish, jacks,  and other
Ned help with a crab fly
Try a pops bonefish bitters.  I sub elk hair for the deer and color the epoxy grey or olive and add some black dots for realism.  It works well.  The elk hair makes for a slow fall.
Franken Shrimp, Tarpon Flies, and other Debauchery (pic heavy)
Great looking ties, Chef. Hey, I really like the chartreuse/orange critters - they look positively radioactive. I suspect even a vision-impaired fish could find those; gotta try that color scheme myse
Capt Bill Baldus's Neon Knight
Nice looking pattern; i tied some Crystal D's from that Snook fly book for the Baitfish Swap. I bought his ebook for Bonefish fly patterns, great step by steps and really making me wish that i could t
How far should I be able to cast?
You need to cast as far as the fish are....   There are guys who can cast a fly line without a rod, so the issue usually isn't a need for "more rod", it is usually how you use what you've got.
Pheasant Crab
Chefben-   That is an awesome fly. I have to tie some and try it out on the flats for bonefish & permit. Should work great.   It triggered something in my mind: Never really thought of t
RBF: Dancraft GXT 9' 6wt 4 pieces
LAst November i was asked to build a 6wt for bonefish in Cuba, we settled on Dancraft GXT Northwest Guides series extreme in 9 feet 6 wt. We used Snake Universal guides from proofflyfishing. The grip
Fixing up a boat
Here's your first step with an aluminum boat (or any other small craft with unknown leaks...). Set up the hull so it's level (the way it would be in the water...) then plug your drain hole. I prefer
Perch Flies (yellow perch)
I don't really specifically fish for Yellow Perch, as when I'm fishing for them, I'm also fishing for White Perch, Crappies & other panfishes at the same time. They all inhabit the waters I fish.
Everything eats crabs
Awesome flies Dave, they would kill the redfish over here, and probably the bonefish and permit as well.  Nice looking fish, too.  Glad you had a chance to get out
tying small clouser minnows
Here are some pics of clousers meant specifically for bonefish and they're tied up on sizes 4 and 6 Mustad 34007 hooks.  The weedguard shown is an open arms or outrigger style meant to be used wh
Help with travel
I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for a place to go sometime between April-June to have a chance at diy bonefish. I have used google and read about different places. I'm looking for a place w
Midge Swap
Once again guys sorry for the simplicity of my submission I only tie midges for a friend. I'm going to give them a legitimate shot fishing this year. I come from a bass fishing background and it is
Books
Dan- Here is 1 you should get since you fish for bonefish a lot. http://blog.saltyflytying.com/buy-selecting-natural-materials-ebook/essential-bonefish-flies--andros-ebook/
I'm about ready to go back to nightcrawlers.
Poor mans bonefish, got to cash in on it. Its gaining grown.    Kevin
December Flies from the vice
Here is a nifty bonefish pattern shrunken down, usually on a 1/0 chasing deeper fish BUT it also kicks ass for smallmouth, might even try for carp, has that shrimpy, whitebait, goby look.   Aus F
Breaking in a new NRX Rod on a Beautiful Lowcountry Redfish
Headed out with Capt. Geoff Bennett of Charleston Charter Fishing today. I had the opportunity to test out a new GLoomis NRX 8wt Rod and some new Rio Bonefish Quickshooter line. I'm short they are bot
Crazy glue
I tried a variety  of superglues over the years -as well as different applicators... I never found anything as useful as the original Krazy Glue in the small plastic tube.  To keep from appy
Smallmouth Buck Tail
Some of my best patterns years ago were attempts to translate what worked in lures to flies... In salt there are even well known patterns named after the lures they were trying to match (the Mirrolure
Help with this fly
Terry, that fly will catch fish! Doesn't need improvement, but there are adjustments you can do. It looks like a basic "flats" type style, which is how many flies tied for Bonefish, Permit or Redfish
I need better Marabou..
I use Wapsi's wooly bugger maribou as well for accents on larger flies as well as for bonefish bugs.  Good as the stuff is -it's quite a bit smaller than standard 4" blood quill...
Badger and unknown??
Even if the "rabbit" pelt turns out to be something else, such as Muskrat or Aussie Opossum, it's a very usable material. Most any tanned pelts can be cut into strips as the others have indicated, and
Venice Redfishing fly patterns
Never fished for them before, but when I'm trying something new I always start at google images for pattern ideas. From what I'm seeing, some of my red or white intruder patterns would do well. If I h
Advice Strictly For The Beginner
For a beginner looking for one rod that will be effective for a wide variety of species in a wide variety of environments, I would recommend a 9' 6 wt. medium-fast action rod matched to a WF6F li
Another Redfish Fly
In addition to the advice already given I try not to use a shock or bite tippet on reds or trout (or any time I'm using smaller flies, #2 on down. even for tarpon or snook....).  Instead I go to
Vise For 9/0 Hook
What Tidewater has shown is what many of us used years and years ago when 99% of all vises were meant for freshwater and small hooks... I have one of those somewhere still. I used the smallest ViseG
Where have you fished and Where is on your bucket list?
Where Ive Fished: Michigan (Home), Florida, California, Ontario   Immediate Bucket List: Baja Mexico for Roosters, Bahama's for Bonefish, California again for Mako & Marlin, Wherever for
TROUT DRY FLY SWAP
Yep Horsehair, I snoozed. Darn, ya' have to check here regular or ya' miss the good ones. And now, with Nate taking 2 spots at a time, it's going to be tough to get in on a good swap. I have my red as
Anyone tie with India/Chinese necks?
Chinese capes are usually larger than India capes, so they work well for larger streamers & hackle on poppers & bass bugs. I like to keep some Cree or variant India necks in my collection, as
Bonefish Swap
I will be hosting a bonefish swap.  The swap will require each person to submit 10 flies with return postage.  You will not be getting one of your own back.  The deadline with strict ad
Steve does it again
Ive been working on the 90' mark for a while. And not just 90'..I want to be accurate still. Bonefish are on my radar for sometime soon so Ive been working on it.    243' is NUTS. I would li
contemplating two swaps in the upcoming months gauging interest
I am contemplating two swaps to be conducted at separate times.  The first would be a bonefish swap that would start at the end of the month and have due date around the end of October.  
Flies for perch?
I fish for both White & Yellow Perch, not the same as those surf perch on the west coast, but expect they would take similar flies. Small Clousers as suggested work well, as do the various pattern
Developing A New Fly
...That being said, I came up with a carp pattern that, in all my research and investigation, I have not seen before.  I don't have any issues sharing it here, and I have on the Warmwater section
Edge Bright in Purple?
^^Chewy! om nom! I will add a sizzling pink bonefish charlie here, it hurts my eyes...  
Little Green Fish, Summer 2013
So Bass has opened here for us Ontario anglers (finally)! Headed out yesterday to check out a local river with Bassmouth armed with boxes of saltwater and bass flies to try and get a few little river
Fly Fishing Magazines
  After reading Peterjay's post and then looking at the picture more closely I do realize that I was wrong and that isn't a bonefish.  I do realize that the magazines are in the business to
Any interest in a Bendback Fly SWAP?
Got mine. Beautiful flies...but this is one of those swaps that I wish I could have seen others before I did mine. I get anxious to get things done and if I'd seen your guys first I'd have ordered dif
Keys Flies
I tied flies commercially for many years & tied for several Keys guides. I know some excellent patterns, but it depends on what type of fish you're interested in, as they use different types of fl
What is the Most Noble Fish?
PJ, it's funny how fish are viewed differently in different parts of the country.  Down here, false albacore, what we call bonito, are usually seen as a nuisance.  They get really thick and
What bird does marabou come from?
Tough to think of yourself as an "oldtimer" but I might qualify. One of my first tying influences, Harry Friedman, was a contemporary of Joe Brooks and can still be seen in the early books that Brooks
Fly Fishing Purgatory in Ohio
I live on the east side of Cleveland myself and I can relate to your pain. From September through early may I chase steelhead on the Erie tribs. After mid may I switch over to smallmouth and carp. Riv
Lead wire vs lead foil
I've been using lead for years in some of my bonefish patterns as well as some of my Bendbacks.... I only use .040 square lead as a keel along the bottom of the hook shank. Instead of wrapping the sha
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