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:
Lefty’s Deceiver Red/Yellow, Red/White, Black
Cuda Needlefish fly