How to tie a Great Bonefish Fly

This Great Bonefish Fly works like a charm in every bonefish situation I have been in.  I have tied this fly big and small, with more or less weight, and I have experimented with a few colors. This Bonefish Pattern is very easy to tie, uses less materials than many other bonefish flies and the fish will bite it.

Watch how to tie this fly:

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Materials List:

Bonefish are strong fish.  Bonefish flies should have strong hooks.  I used a Gamakatsu SL12S size 2 for this fly.

For this pattern I used a small set of weighted eyes.  I have also found that bead chain eyes work quite well for shallow or spooky fish.

The body of this Great Bonefish Fly is tied with Marabou.  I like to use lighter colors more often than not.

I use permanent markers to make this fly look like a little shrimp. A little contrast goes a long way in the world of a bonefish.

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Step By Step: How to tie a Great Bonefish Fly

Start by slightly bending
the eye of a hook

Tie on eyes

Add a clump of marabou

Whip finish

Use a marker to color the fly

Primp and complete

Great Bonefish Fly

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"How to tie a
Great Bonefish Fly"
by Capt. Matt Thomas

1 comment:

Dustin's Fly Box said...

sweet step by step! gonna give this a try at the vise today! Great blog! You got a new follower