This fly had the misfortune to find itself in the mouth of a trigger fish. Man… those chompers are serious.
Guide Nick Denbow put me on this fish down out of Mahahaul, MX back in 2016.
I found other triggers, hooked a few, but found them tough to get to hand and VERY tough on flies. I fished for an hour with one of those bitters crimped by a trigger before I noticed.
As I head to Christmas Island here in a few weeks I’m thinking about triggers again and I’m trying to tie up some flies durable enough to get the job done. I’m using epoxy (really for the first time) and I’m working on things crabby.
I don’t even know what these hooks are. Found them at Bass Pro and not in the fly tying section. This is some kind of bait hook and about 4x heavier than any other fly hook that size I’ve ever seen. That’ll do… that’ll do.
Look out triggers… I’m coming for you… wherever you are.