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Must admit that I'm still in the school that treats clousers (note the small letters) as more of a style than a pattern.  That very first article on the pattern by Lefty Kreh provided the first h
Learning the salt and the keys
Hey Kudu, so yeah first thing you want to get a bunch of charts and try to learn them. Since you have a bay boat I am betting that you will have some nice HP and modern tech. Sooo look up some reefs a
Sage X vs. Scott Meridian
The Sage X and the Scott Meridian are the class leaders when it comes to 8-10 weight saltwater fly rods. So we decided to compare the two. We put the sticks in our FFF certified casting instructor Gen
How To Tie the Crazy Charlie YouTube Video
Another great video Flats.   It may be a bonefish fly but the bluegill's love them also.   Thanks for posting it.
Head Cement
Here's the routine I've followed for years (when I'm not using Flex-Coat, a two part rodbuilder's finish).  All of my flies get a sparse coat of Krazy Glue to seal and harden the thread (see pic.
New Hook Advice
Hey guys, I need some new hooks other than mustad 3407 that I can use for my self(I use expensive hooks for the bonefish guide). Things it should have are 1. Saltwater rated, not necessarily stainles
Gurgler Tutorial YouTube Video
Thanks for watching! I think next video will be a bonefish fly
Really Need Fly Boxes
Hey guys, really tired of storing my flies in a shoe box under my bed and having a very hard time organizing them and whatnot. My point, does anyone know of a fly box with 2 sides , slim and long,(lik
Catch & Release Mount
How much do you charge? For like a bonefish mount?
Bahamas Island Questions
Fin Have you fished with Bonefish Simon?
Acklins Island? Anyone Been?
Those were some BIG wahoo, and a whopper bonefish. Didn't know it took 2 days to get there from MIA, I know you have to stop in Nassau but I don't think that should take up a day. We will be staying a
Crack Head Charlie - Varient of the crazy charlie
The crack head charlie is a variant of the crazy charlie that I tie with "the kracken enhanced" dubbing. The fly sinks slowly to the bottom due to the bead chain eyes and sits with the hook point upri
Upcoming shows?
  Yeah My room, everyday at night; )     That is clever, but I think he said fly TYING and not fly TRYING.   HAHA LOL, you got me good that time! I am actually getting pre
Lower Keys DIY Flats Fishing
Hey guys, next weekend going to lower keys ( cudjoe,sugarloaf keys mostly). First time making it this far, so I have little knowledge of the locals flats etc. Has anyone been their and maybe would l
Badger hair uses
The legalities aside, badger hair works well for small jigs or "bonefish" type patterns. When I tied commercially I bought a big bag of tanned scraps & found it to be an excellent substitute for c
Dick Browns Bonefish Fly Patterns 2nd Edition?
Found this on ebay.May be what you're looking for
TFO Mangrove?
I used a Cortland floating wf line. Nothing crazy However I have a Rio Quickshooter bonefish line on my 9wt which I love, and a río avid salt on my 8wt (tfo rod) which I hate. I might have to rep
Dumb Eye Bugger
Nice video showing one of the many options to tie a bugger.   Use yellow marabou for the tail and that fly would do well for carp. Or as we call them, the poor mans bonefish.   Nice job.
FlyFishing in Salt Waters Magazine
Yeah, i second that. They'll approach you and expect top quality work just because you want to share. i second adam's comment about flylife magazine. It is australian based and traditionally focused
Nautilus Fly Reels... Yeah, but which one?
Yes, the Nautilus reels are first rate (I have six of them in hard commercial service and they've never failed or caused the slightest problem....).  Yes, if you buy a high end reel you're making
Favorite Fish?
Mine is now bonefish what's yours?
Finnicky fish
Can't speak to Barramundi ...but for Bonefish longer leader, lighter tippet and smaller flies..... Or retire to the beach with a Kalik beer.
Affordable Saltwater Hooks?
For anyone learning the saltwater tying scene all the different hooks and different price points can be a bit of a study (understatement).   General principles first -the more hooks you buy in a
First Bonefish!!
A bit late to this post but sounds like a ton of fun, bonefish is definitely on my hitlist. good work flats!
MUSTAD hook fails, big tarpon lost.
Hey I'll take those hooks ;) Nextttt time you should invite me and we'll catch 400lb tarpon;) Too bad that hook broke, I know how it feels when something expensive breaks on you Where do you live/fi
Gatcha! Bonefish Fly - Maybe the most effective bonefish fly?
The Gotcha! bonefish fly is very popular and effective for fishing bonefish in the flats. It looks a lot like a shrimp swimming in the water when fished properly. Its fairly easy to tie and uses minim
Need Help Tying Deceiver
Going good! My dad caught his first 2 fish on fly today, just small jacks. Going to a new spot (Frank Sound) early tomorrow for bonefish, hopefully they are cooperative. I will pictures when I can tra
SW fly line and backing
All we do is work the salt down here in south Florida (and my anglers may range from novice all the way up to folks that I learn from...).  Here's how I set up my gear - that ranges from a 7wt al
9ft 8wt 4pc 2 tip rod
Wow you have quite the collection! How many fly rods and reels do you have? I have a 9wt the Cabelas Wind River combo with the Bonefish Quickshooter line(I don't like this rod but my dad does so that'
Salt water skills
Yes that's very possible. I'm going to be gone for 10 days starting Friday in Grand Cayman so don't expect much from me. Maybe a picture of a bonefish or 2 ... hopefully
Bonefish/Redfish Fly
If you could take a dozen of the same fly to a 1-4 ft flat in the lower keys and specifically targeted redfish and bonefish, what fly would you take?
Black crab/shrimp fly with underwater footage.
Crabs and shrimp are very important food sources for many saltwater fish species.  Among the most popular of these species are the drum family.  Red drum (commonly known as redfish) and blac
How Many Flies?
This July I will be traveling to the Cayman Islands and doing some diy fly fishing for bonefish and 3-20lb tarpon in the canals. For 10 days , how many flies should I be taking and any recommendation
Keys Swap
Got one set done. Had exactly 7 sets of bead chain eyes so first one I tied I did upside down. 6 sets left and pressure was one. Got all 6 decent enough to hopefully fool a fish with a brain the size
Canal Bass Fly Rod
I'm very familiar with South Florida Canal fishing, I just hooked up the boat for tomorrow morning.  If I could only take one rod with me and my goal was to catch bass, it would be an 8wt. 
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
anyone have any tying books they want to sell??
Found an extras bookshelf with Fly Fishing in Saltwater / Lefty Kreh - Fly Fishing for Bonefish / Dick Brown - Saltwater Fly Fishing / George Sand - Rocky Mountain Trout Flies a po
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
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