How To Choose A Bonefish Fly




“The guy that has a fly box with various sink rates is probably, over the course of week,  going to outfish somebody that has a zillion different flies that all sink about the same…”

Podcast Synopsis

When choosing a bonefish fly, it is important to keep in mind the shape, size, and sink rates. Depending where you are fishing, you will need to have a heavier or lighter weight bonefish fly. For instance, if you are fishing in shallow water, you may not want to throw a heavier weight bonefish fly in, as it will spook the fish. Instead, you will want to have a lighter fly that will sink towards the bottom after landing softly. You can also choose a bonefish fly that has a parachuting effect, which will have a softer impact going in the water. A perfect example for the parachuting effect would be a toad fly. You will want variations of these types of flies that have heavier or lighter eyes depending on your desired sink rate. Be observant, also, if you are fishing in an area with tons of weeds. Always have on hand weedless flies that will not catch any weeds. To ensure you are prepared for the next fishing trip, have as many fly variations of sink rates, shapes and sizes, and you will be better prepared for any and every situation. 

What is your favorite fly in your tackle box? Let me know!

- Tom Rowland