Tying Video – Bonefish Squimp

The Bonefish Squimp is the second Bonefish fly I recently taught in a Bonefish Fly tying class at FlyMasters of Indianapolis.  With the hundreds of Bonefish patterns in the world these days it can be tough to narrow all of them down to just a few to teach or suggest people have in their fly box when they get a chance to chase after these fish.  There are always a few staples like a Crazy Charlie, a Gotcha or a Mantis shrimp but sometimes you need something for those difficult conditions while on the flats.  That is where the Bonefish Squimp really shines.  Sometimes you find yourself chasing Bonefish where there is no wind, the sun is high and the fish are shallow and spooky.  You need a fly that will land soft, sink slow and have lots of action to get the fishes attention.  The Bonefish Squimp has all of that and more.

From the standpoint of what flies to have in your fly box, definitely some Bonefish Squimps in size 4 and 6 with beadchain eyes.  You may never need them but when you run into those tough conditions, it is a good fly to have along.  From a tiers perspective, it is easy to tie, very versatile and you can quickly have a whole box full of them in all sorts of variations and colors.  Do a quick Google search and you will see how other people tie this fly for various conditions.  It is a basic shrimp pattern with some craft fur, rubber legs, flash and eyes but it is arranged in a way that is easy to change just one aspect of the fly and it might work better in different water conditions.  Plus, it is a fun fly to tie.  A little different from you everyday shrimp/Bonefish patterns.

Hook:Mustad S71S (34007) or Tiemco 811s, #2 – #6
Thread:Wapsi UTC Ultra Thread 140 Denier, Tan
Tail:Extra Select Craft Fur, Tan
Legs:Sili Legs, Pumpkin
Body:Rayon Chenille, Fine, Tan
Wing:Extra Select Craft Fur, Tan, two strands of Flash Accent, Pearl and one strand Sili Legs, Pumpkin on each side of the head
Eyes:Silver Bead Chain, Medium

I have one more Bonefish pattern for this recent class, one last Redfish fly and then onto Panfish flies.  I have six fun and productive panfish flies over the next few weeks that should interest anyone who likes to catch Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, & Redear on a lazy summer evening.  

The Jig nymph class scheduled for the 21st of March has been postponed to the 11th of April.  Please make a note of this and I will be sending out a notice in a newsletter as well.  You can check out all of the classes I have on the calendar here.  Check back soon.

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If you would rather purchase some Bonefish Squimp flies there are a few here at Dressed Irons for sale (while supplies last).

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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