Re: Biscayne bay flies

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Posted by Peter Patricelli on 2013-07-08 09:26:04 in reply to Biscayne bay flies posted by martin on 2013-07-07 19:13:43

For bones...most anything works IF you get it in front of them. That said, the problem is getting it IN FRONT OF THEM. What is somewhat different about Biscayne Bay is the size of the bonefish.....they are huge. That means they are relatively easily spotted....often in deeper water.

In general, compared to smaller bones elsewhere, they want big flies. And due to water depth you want the fly to sink fast. When we fished with veteran BB guide, known for his bone and permit record....he had one fly for bones...and one fly for permit. Both were an epoxy jig-type with a dearhair tail tied hook up, the permit version being marginally larger than the bone. They sank like rocks.

The late Capt. Ben Taylor who wrote "Flyfishing the Florida Keys" expressed the opinion that his best strategy was to BOMB bones with a big, fast sinking fly. His reasoning was that the likelihood of spooking the fish was about the same as the fish veering off its path if cast ahead of...or spooking due to seeing the line/leader moving. For the 1 in 5 that doesn't have a take. Unfortunately health issues overtook Ben before I could fine tune his method under his tutelage.

Good luck.

Peter Patricelli

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