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Light Bonefish Flies

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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.
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  • Use of the mono bead-talks help the fly ride hook up.
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  • 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.

 

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Continuing with wolf, a narrow fly using hackle tips and pink egg-sac.

wolf _DSC8386.jpg

wolf _DSC8389.jpg.

And then the use of Red Fox.

 

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fox light _DSC8404.jpg.

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Written by raspberryfisher

2016/12/31 at 03:06

Posted in Fly-Tying, Saltwater

2 Responses

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  1. Very beautiful flies,

    I have a question not bonefish related but I’m sure you can help me. I’m in the hunt for a John green fiberglass blank and would like to know where you found yours.

    Thanks, keep up the good blog entries. I check your blog daily.

    Nick

    Nick Bachtel

    2017/01/01 at 03:51

    • Nick, James maintains a low internet profile, but you can call him direct and talk to him. http://www.jamesgreenflyrods.com will get you his phone number. He is a good guy to talk with.

      Thank you the compliments

      raspberryfisher

      2017/01/01 at 08:07


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