Deneki recently ran a post about picking the right bonefish fly. Worth a read.
Now, that’s a real issue for people like me who walk out on the flats with 600 flies. If you only have a dozen flies, it is likely an easier decision tree.
Here’s how I usually pick a fly.
- Depth. Deeper water required heavier flies. However, it seems, from my very limited experience, it is almost always bead-chain eyes. I have lead-eyes and mono-eyes and it is almost always the bead chains that win.
- Big fish, big flies. Someone told me that and I bought it. Heading to Biscayne Bay I’ve been told I need 1/0’s. The bones of Belize require flies in the #6-#8. A #6 or #4 seems to go over well in most places.
- Go with the pattern that has worked. Seems like a good call, no?
- Never fish the stuff I haven’t fished before. That’s not a good thing, but I notice the flies I’ve tied but am unsure of… yeah, those don’t tend to make it out of the box. Sometimes I wish I would take more risks.
- When in doubt… put on a Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp.
In the end…
- Relax. It matters way less than we think it does… probably. Presentation over fly selection, within reason.