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Los Roques Bonefish Fly List

Joel La Follette - Friday, August 22, 2014

The best flies for Los Roques are smaller and usually light in color. Patterns in size 6 and 8 work very well, with size 6 being probably the most common and productive. Make sure a few of your flies are tied with weed guards. Start with your Bonefish Basics and add a few of the following patterns...

Bonefish Bitters                        size 6                Olive and Brown

Pink Puff                                  size 6-8            Bead-chain eyes and also 'blind'

Tan Raghead Crab                   size 6

Gummy Minnow                       size 6                Silver, Blue and Green  (bring plenty)

Clouser Minnow                       size 6                Grey/white, Tan/white w/bead chain eyes

Gotcha bead chain eyes            size 6-8

Exuma Mini Puff 'Cree'            size 6-8

Tan Puff                                   size 6-8

Mihieves Flats Fly                     size 6-8

Snapping shrimp                       size 8

Crazy Charlie                           size 6-8            Amber or Crystal Brown

Spawning Shrimp                      size 6-8 

La Follette’s Louie Louie Crab size 4-8

SMALL crab patterns can be deadly, the Raghead works well, but there are many others out there that do just fine. My Louie Louie was designed for Los Roques and it works very well. The important part is that they're on size 6 or 8 hooks and don't have large lead eyes. The smaller, the better. Some weedless patterns are a good idea.

For Cuda, Needlefish or a chartreuse and white Tarpon streamer with plenty of flashabou will work well.

Tarpon anglers should be prepared with a few smaller Cockroaches, Lefty's Deceivers and Flash-tail Whistler in sizes 1, 1/0 and 2/0. Most of the time Tarpon are in shallow water, often rolling or gulping air. Intermediate sinking lines can be handy, although a floater will get it the job done (requires shock tippet leaders 60-80 lb.). The Gummy Minnow is also very productive for Tarpon....as goofy as it is. You’ll want size 2 or larger.

It's important that anglers show up with a good supply of flies as they are not available on Los Roques. If there is a rule for Los Roques Bonefish flies, it’s keep is light! Make sure your Bonefish Basics are stocked with plenty of bead chain or blind flies in size 6 and 8.

Bahamas Bonefish Fly List

Joel La Follette - Monday, August 10, 2009

With many islands to fish in the Bahamas, you will need to have a very good basic selection. Take plenty of the standards in fairly large sizes, 2-6, but don’t forget the skinny water stuff. Places like Long Island have lots of skinny water flats that require light flies. You will even find places that require flies with weed guards. The more the island gets fished, the spookier the fish will be. Heavy flies can send Mr. Bone off the flat in a hurry. Bead chain eyes will be fine for most flats. Some of the larger patterns like the Bahama Special have heavy lead eyes to help them sink the bulky materials. Big fish eat big flies!

As Bahamas Bones tend to be bigger than the fish you’ll find in Mexico or Belize, take strong tippet or you’re going to need more flies. Here are a few special flies to add to your collection…

Kwan                                                            size 4           Tan

Fur Shrimp                                                   size 4

Swimming Shrimp                                         size 6

Super Swimming Shrimp                                sizes 4, 6     

Slider                                                           size 4

Exuma Mini Puff                                            size 4           Tan or Pink

Marabou Shrimp                                            sizes 2, 6      Tan, Pink, or White

Ragin’ Cravin                                                 sizes 4, 6     

Bahama Special                                             size 4           Tan or Olive Tan

Squimp                                                        size 6

Golden Mantis Shrimp                                    size 4

Bonefish Scampi                                            size 6

Beck’s Sili Legs                                              size 4-6        Pearl

Crazy Charlie                                                size 4-6        Pearl, Tan, or Pink

Gotcha                                                         size 2-6

Gold Gotcha                                                  size 2-6 (my favorite Bahamas fly)

Permit can be found on some islands during certain times of the year. Always carry a few crab patterns and have a rod at the ready. Del’s Merkin or Raghead crab in sizes 4-1/0 will work as well as any. Tarpon, Jacks, Snapper and Cuda are also fair game. Although Tarpon are not found everywhere in the Bahamas, they can show up and it never hurts to have a few Deceivers or Sea Habits in your box. Those will work for the Jacks too. Snapper will take bonefish flies, Clouser Minnows being a good choice. Cuda will eat the baitfish patterns or a Needlefish fly. Remember the wire tippet.

Belize Bonefish Fly List

Joel La Follette - Sunday, August 09, 2009

Belize has much the same type of flats that you find in Mexico’s Yucatan. Most of the following patterns work well in both places. A few are special to Belize and the Turneffe Island area. Add these to your Bonefish Basics.

Tan Mini Shrimp                                            size 8

Green Mini Shrimp                                         size 8

Baited Breath                                                 size 8

JT Special                                                     size 8

Turd                                                            size 8          Tan

Cuzan Special                                                size 6        

Mathew’s Bonefish Bitters                                size 8          Hermit or Olive

Mathew’s Bonefish Bitters                                size 8          Amber or Chartreuse

Exuma Mini Puff                                            size 4           Tan or Pink

Grassy Wonder                                              size 8

Turneffe Crab                                               size 6 

Bonefish Basics Fly List

Joel La Follette - Wednesday, August 05, 2009

There are as many bonefish fly patterns used today as there are anglers using them. With that many options it’s hard to choose what you need for your trip unless you’ve been there before or know someone that has. If this is your first time bonefishing or twentieth, here’s a list of the flies that should be in your box no matter where you’re heading. Start with this selection and add specialty patterns as needed. Remember you need to have a good selection of sizes and sink rates. This is what I call…

BONEFISH BASICS

Mini-Puff                                                       size 4, 6       Old standby, still works

Tan Puff                                                       sizes 6, 8      My personal favorite

Marabou Shrimp                                            sizes 2, 6      Tan

Crazy Charlie                                                 sizes 6, 8      Pearl, pink, tan, root-beer

George Bush                                                 size 6, 8       Stupid name, CIS without Dazl Eyes 

Clouser Minnow                                             size 2-6        Tan/White, Gray/White

Clouser Minnow w/bead chain eyes                  size 4-6        Same colors, add a weed guard  

Gotcha                                                         sizes 2, 4, 6  Lead and bead chain eyes

Gold Gotcha                                                  sizes 2, 4, 6  My killer Abaco fly

Christmas Island Special                                 sizes 4, 6, 8  Orange, Pearlescent, Pink

These are the basics. You could travel anywhere and catch fish with these patterns. You’ll want a good selection of sizes and sink rates. Make sure you have plenty for your fishing partner too! Now take a look at suggestions for specific destinations.

Yucatan Fly List

Joel La Follette - Monday, November 10, 2008

If you’ve stocked your box with the Bonefish Basics, just add a few of the following flies for your trip to the Yucatan. This destination requires smaller patterns in sizes 6 and 8, mostly 8s. I like the Tan Puff as a go to fly, but also find small Tan or Olive Clousers tyed with bead chain eyes to be handy. 

Swimming Shrimp                                         size 6           Good for deeper, darker flats

Super Swimming Shrimp                                sizes 8          

Tan Mini Shrimp                                            size 8           Must have

Tan Mini Shrimp w/o bead chain                     size 8            

JT Special                                                     size 8           A marabou mess, but it works

Turd                                                               size 8           Cool Name

Cuzan Special                                                size 6           Very good on mud flats

Bonefish Bitters                                size 8           Hermit or Olive

Exuma Mini Puff                                            size 4           Tan or Pink

Marabou Shrimp                           sizes 6         Tan

Golden Mantis Shrimp                                    size 4-8         Another “go to” fly

Grassy Wonder                                              size 8           Odd looking fly for the turtle grass

You’ll also want to have a few Permit flies handy as this is a fantastic location for a shot at the Holy Grail of fly angling. Here are a few good patterns that should do the trick.

Rag Head Crab, Tan                                        size 2-6

Blue Crab                                                      size 2

Fleeing Crab                                                  size 6

Del Brown’s Merkin                                          sizes 1/0, 2

This last pattern has caught more Permit than any fly tyed for them. If you tye your own, have a few tyed very small on good hooks.

Take along a few Tarpon and streamer flies for Tarpon, Snook, Jacks and Cuda. Here’s a short list.  Hook sizes should be from 1 to 3/0

Keys style Tarpon flies in the following colors:   

Orange/Grizzly

Furnace/Squirrel

Black Death

Cockroach

Lefty’s Deceiver                          Red/Yellow, Red/White, Black

Cuda Needlefish fly


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