Light Bonefish Flies
Using my recent learning and developed opinions, I tied some light flies (0.025 to 0.035g) for shallow tailing bonefish. I used wolf (white flies) and fox (tan) for the top case, and found the flies to provide a sense of translucence when in the water.
I tied one fly with small bead-chain eye, but tests indicted that this was not necessary, as long as the fly was heavier than 0.025g.
As the style and testing progressed, what I like the best was:
- Use the fur (smaller crinkly hair) to develop a wide case (carapace), and then overlay the hairs on top. This may require some manipulation of the hairs before hand, such that they do not trail the fly to long.
- Use of the mono bead-talks help the fly ride hook up.
- Use of ultra chenille (pink or orange) to suggest an egg sac.
Following images are presented to reflect details of the construction, as well as how a fish chasing the fly may see it.
First up is a fly using wolf and blue bead eyes to suggest crabs.
Continuing with wolf, a narrow fly using hackle tips and pink egg-sac.
And then the use of Red Fox.
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