There are a lot of bonefish patterns. Really, a whole lot of bonefish patterns. A hundred? Two hundred?
I love sitting down at the vice and playing around a bit, maybe putting in some fox instead of craft fur, maybe change the position of the eyes, put some rubber legs in, put some barring on the wing and on and on until you arrive at a new place and it looks good and you turn it around in the vice and you start to convince yourself that, were you a bonefish, you would certainly swim up to this fly and inhale it, it being surely shrimpy and undeniably delicious.
I have a small but vocal part of my subconscious nagging me. That part of me has been questioning the 100’s of patterns, suggesting that we maybe only need one fly, a fly that has been mentioned as the go-to-fly by most guides I know and the fly that, when my fly box full of inventiveness is open, is almost always selected instead… the tan gotcha.
How much do we need those other flies to “match the hatch” as opposed to just getting the presentation right (only half a rhetorical question)?
I’m sure there are patterns out there that really do make sense to put in your box in ADDITION to the tan gotcha, but really, how many patterns do you need?
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