If there is one thing a bonefish cannot resist, it’s a shrimp. The truth is that shrimp are the primary food source for these fish. In our flats box, we carry shrimp patterns in a whole range of sizes, colors and weights. This particular pattern calls for substantial body weight and a comparatively slim profile. This allows the fly to sink quickly into the strike zone when fish are cruising just off ledges and drops, or through tidal currents. Often, this variation of the spawning shrimp is tied with EP materials, but I’m here to tell you that it is OK to tie with substitutes! We’ll cover substituting materials in a later post, but for now just trust me when I say, ‘sometimes close is close enough.
Hook: Tiemco 811S – sz. 2-6
Thread: UTC 140 – Fl. Red
Tail: Krystal Flash – Bonefish Tan, Krystal Flash – Black, Senyo’s Laser Yarn – Fl. Hot Orange
Legs: Sili Legs – Pumpkin Barred
Underbody: Lead-Free Wire
Body: Senyo’s Laser Dub – Tan
Eyes: Gold Dumbell Eyes, Mono Eyes