Aug 12

Doug’s Conch Fritter

Doug Jeffries, a long-time reader of the blog, recently got a fly in Fly Fishing in Salt Waters (a magazine I subscribe to). My mag hasn’t arrived yet, so I found out about it through Scott Heywood’s blog Fly Paper.

It is, indeed, a fine looking fly (full tying instructions at the Fly Paper link above).

Yeah… that’s sweet.

That is a fly I’d like to have in my box, and exactly the kind of fly I probably won’t tie because I have yet to tie a fly that called for a dubbing loop. I should really stop by Doug’s and figure that out.

Doug… you around? How do you feel about teaching? You know, I’m an East Bay guy now.

Those of you who tie, what are the flies that you’d like to tie, but intimidate you a bit?


Jul 10

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters does it again

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters keeps on delivering good bonefishy wonderfulness to my mailbox.  I pay them to do it, but I still appreciate the quality of the content.

Good Stuff

May 10

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters = Solid

I got my May/June 2010 issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters the other day (took longer than usual due to the mail being forwarded to the new, Bay Area address).

Just solidness.

A story about Aloha Bones from Dave McCoy, featuring, among others, Captain Duff.

An article on Release Mortality Rates by John McMurray that helps spread the news that many saltwater anglers are having a hard time accepting… that bonefish and many other saltwater species have to be handling carefully or they either die or are eaten… quickly.

A article about reading flats fish by Captain Nick Sassic.

Print, it turns out, is not dead and Fly Fishing in Salt Waters keeps putting out interesting reads.  Subscribe.

Dec 09

Tips from Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

There is a lot of wisdom out there about bonefishing (and a few other less important topics).  I was glad to find a few tid-bits in the e-pages of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters from some of the greats… Lefty, Al Pflueger and Richard Stanczky.


With spooky fish, cast at an object such as a clump of grass, mound or mangrove sprig 30 to 40 feet away from them. Bones often meander toward such structure, plus you have a reference point as to the location of your fly.

See… pearls of wisdom that I wouldn’t have picked up on for years.

Read all the bits of knowledge here.


Text used with the blessing of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

Dec 09

Simple at the Vice

Have you ever said to yourself “Man, I’d tie a Gotcha but it is just too hard!”

Yeah, me either.

Still, time is wasted as you switch between different materials and the single material fly is a cinch to tie.

Enter the Sweet Ernie.  Found in the e-pages (i-pages if you are reading this on a mac) of Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, the Sweet Earnie is hook, eyes, thread and single material.


Photo grace a Fly Fishing in Salt Waters.

Oct 09

Fly Fishing in Salt Wates… well, fishes in salt water

There, in my inbox was a nice little email update from Fly Fishing in Salt Waters’ Mike Mazur about a recent bonefishing adventure in the Bahamas… GBI to Adros.  Having just watched Bonefish: A Fishing Odyssey with my father today, this was just what I needed… some great images and fun accounts of Bahamian bonefishing.

Fly Fishing in Salt Waters has a good website with lots and lots of info, forums, tips, gear reviews and more.  You can sign up for email updates, like the one I got about the Bahamian bonefishing.

Andros Bone

Not only to they fly fish in salt waters, they catch too!

Used with the blessing of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

Sep 09

McVay’s Gotcha

I’m not a wizard at the vice.  Mostly, I tie simple nymphs (like the Eng Theng) designed to fool trout and I find that trout are pretty easily fooled when it comes to nymphs (I’m in that “presentation-is-king” school of thought).  To satisfy my bonefish fixation I’ve taken to tying bonefish patterns.  When it comes to bonefish patterns the king (as far as I know) is the Gotcha.  The Gotcha is just a really easy fly to tie and it’s pretty easy to vary an element or two to make it your own.  I tie a lot of Gotchas.  Really, I tie way more than I could really use in the next decade of fishing.  Still… I keep tying them.

Pink Gotcha with some white fox tail

Turns out the Gotcha is McVay’s Gotcha and it has a pretty quirky birth… cab carpet fibers.

There is a tutorial here, at Fly Fishing In Salt Waters Magazine.