Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fly of the Week - Bonefish Turd

When Brian O'Keefe isn't busy getting paid to fly all over the world to fly fish and take photographs for Catch Magazine, he ties flies.  His most famous (or infamous) pattern is known as the Bonefish Turd.
This fly is designed for fishing for spooky bonefish.  In these situations where fish are averse to any stripping action, the fly imparts movement through the use of the materials - particularly the marabou tail.  Just cast it and let it sit.  I also like to add a couple of sili-legs, which help soften the initial splash.  For obvious reasons, this pattern is also known as a "Woodstock."

The Recipe
Hook: #4 - #8
Thread: 6/0 Uni Thread, Tan
Eyes: Bead Chains
Body: Craft Fur Underbody (preferred) or Chenille
Flash: Pearl Flashabou
Wing/Tail: Marabou (perhaps a bit more than what is shown in the photo)

This can be a very effective pattern.

Editor's Note:  Tie one of these with sili-legs in a "root beer" color and you can use it to catch a bunch of these guys, too.

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