Poling a skiff for bonefish, South Andros Island, Bahamas. Photo: Andrew Bennett - Andros South Bonefish Bonefish Camp.

Bonefish have been termed "ghosts of the flats". They are indeed that. They spend much of their time in skinny water and are superbly adapted to it. Their biggest asset is their chameleon-like ability to change color with their surroundings.

They are streamlined and very fast. Their hydrodynamic shape gives them the capability of sneaking around with a minimum of surface disturbance and their speed gives them the chance to change locations very quickly if threatened. This speed makes them one of the worlds most sought after sport fish. Their preferred habitat makes them a premier fly rod fish.

Bonefish inhabit most of the world's tropical waters. Their range circumspans the globe. The most popular bonefish destinations are Christmas Island, Florida Keyes, Bahamas, Belize and Yucatan.

Bonefish average 1 1/2 to 15 pounds throughout their range. Most bonefish in shallow water are 2 to 5 pounds. A ten-pound fish is a trophy anywhere. Four year old bonefish average 20" long. Twenty five inch bonefish are 10-11 years old. Trophy bonefish of 30" may be more than twenty years old.

Bonefish are capitalistic bottom feeders. Their main diet consists of mollusks and crustaceans. They will however, eat minnows and worms. Within this collection are flies to match all of the organisms in this extensive diet.


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Bone Wigglers Weedless - Tan Bone Wigglers Weedless - Tan
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Bonefish Fly, Silicone Leg WigglersAt a place called Buttonwood Caye, out of Placencia, Belize there is a huge pile of Conk shells piled there over the years by commercial fishermen. The population of sand fleas and other little aquatic critters that has come to the area to eat the Conk meat scraps have chummed up a sizeable school of large bonefish on the flats around the Caye. The Bonefish Wiggler Series is a winner in these medium depth flats. Fish your wiggler with slow strips and a little...

Bonefish Bitters Bonefish Bitters
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Bonefish Bitters, AmberThis small crab fly was invented at Turneffe Flats Lodge on the Turneffe Atoll, Belize. The original fly had a hot glue head which was prone to melt and disfigure if left exposed in a fly box in the hot tropical sun. These flies are made by a much more expensive method which uses epoxy for the head. This make a much more durable and even more effective fly.Bonefish Bitters, Hermit CrabHermit crabs are a favorite food for both Bonefish and Permit. Most species have long,...

Bonefish Bug Bonefish Bug
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Bonefish Buttah Bonefish Buttah
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Bonefish Buttah The Bonefish Buttah was originally developed specifically for the expansive flats system of South Andros Island in the Bahamas, where unlike some other popular bonefishing destinations around the world, the fish prefer the odd combination of large, yet light, flies. Therefore, designing a fly that produced a large, active profile in the water, while still possessing the ability to present softly in skinny water, became the ultimate goal at the vise.In attempts to produce a...

Bonefish Critter Borskis Crab Bonefish Critter Borskis Crab
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As tied by: Tim Borski Great for bonefish in most habitats. Imitates the small crabs bones love. Fish with a strip-and-stop retrieve. Bonefish often hit on the stop, so keep your line tight. Originally designed for Bonefish and Permit, the Bonefish Critter has morphed into a great all around pattern. Has also been proven to be a productive fly for other species, such as Redfish. These flies are tied with lead eyes and a mono weed guard.

Bonefish Slider Borskis Bonefish Slider Borskis
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As tied by: Tim Borski Noted Florida Keys angler Tim Borski designed this wonderful bonefish fly. Many of Tim's artistic interpretations of crabs, shrimp, and baitfish have become standard patterns for difficult fish. The Bonefish Slider imitates a goby or other small fish that dwell on the flats, and bonefish love 'em!

Bonejovi Bonejovi
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The Bonejovi was born after a day of wading in the Joulter Cays. A group of us had been camping for several days, walking and kayaking to huge flats. We all spread out and enjoyed success with very different flies. When we got together over a fire in the evening, we discovered that we had all been experimenting with different flies, yet arrived at some pretty different patterns. So I spent a while examining everyone?s successful flies to see what they all had in common. The prevailing theme...

Charley Krystal Shrimp Charley Krystal Shrimp
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Chili Pepper Chili Pepper
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Moana is one of the top guides ever to work at Christmas Island. He probably never realized that his Chili Pepper fly would become one of the all time favorites for bonefish world wide. Bonefish in Belize, Cuba, Bahamas, Los Roque, and many other places are partial to the Chili Pepper fly. You better have several if you are planning any bonefish expedition.

Christmas Island Special Orange Christmas Island Special Orange
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Christmas Island Bonefish Specials This unusual tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, some 1300 miles south of Hawaii, is part of the Republic of Kiribati. Christmas Island is old and has the largest land area of any coral atoll in the world (140 square miles). It is home to a huge population of bonefish which average 3-6 pounds. Some will exceed 10 pounds. There are nearly 650 square miles of bonefish flats surrounding Christmas Island. This supplies ample room for anglers...

Christmas Island Special Pearl Christmas Island Special Pearl
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Christmas Island Bonefish Specials This unusual tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, some 1300 miles south of Hawaii, is part of the Republic of Kiribati. Christmas Island is old and has the largest land area of any coral atoll in the world (140 square miles). It is home to a huge population of bonefish which average 3-6 pounds. Some will exceed 10 pounds. There are nearly 650 square miles of bonefish flats surrounding Christmas Island. This supplies ample room for anglers...

Christmas Island Special Pink Christmas Island Special Pink
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Christmas Island Bonefish Specials This unusual tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, some 1300 miles south of Hawaii, is part of the Republic of Kiribati. Christmas Island is old and has the largest land area of any coral atoll in the world (140 square miles). It is home to a huge population of bonefish which average 3-6 pounds. Some will exceed 10 pounds. There are nearly 650 square miles of bonefish flats surrounding Christmas Island. This supplies ample room for anglers...

Crafty Shrimp Crafty Shrimp
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This banded shrimp pattern is medium weight for fishing average depth bonefish water. This is a go to fly in all waters that harbor populations of banded critters that game fish such as bonefish, sea trout, and redfish hunt for, which comprise much of their habitat..

Crazy Charlie Crazy Charlie
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Most bonefish are encountered in water from 1 to 3 feet deep. A slightly weighted fly that rides hook upward is required to fish this water properly with a floating fly line. Try to match the sink rate of your fly to the depth of the water you are fishing.Bob Nauheim is credited with developing a fly called the "Crazy Charlie." It is a design which sinks quickly to the bottom and then rides hook-point-up to remain comparatively snag free when retrieved. It was colored to imitate a small fish...

Crimp McKnights Crimp McKnights
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Crimp, Merkin BrownAs tied by: Doug McKnightAs the name implies, the Crimp is half crab and half shrimp, and then some! Bonefish, Permit, Redfish love to pin this fly to the bottom and crunch it. This fly has a great Crustacean shape and has a ton of movement, and is a winner throughout the gulf and the Caribbean for any species that seeks shrimp and crabs.Crimp, TanAs tied by: Doug McKnightThe Crimp has heavy eyes and a weed guard so it can be fished on the bottom around various types of...

EP Spawning Shrimp EP Spawning Shrimp
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Many species of fish feed on shrimp. The trick is to approximate the color of the bottom with the general color of your fly. Most bottom dwelling animals that live on flats or coral reefs are able to change color to match their surroundings. This fly is best over darker bottoms. The tan colored fly is proven for use over light colored bottoms. Bonefish love both colors of the EP Spawning Shrimp. Both colors are extremely productive in the Bahamas and Belize.

Gotcha Gotcha
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The GotchaThe story goes that when anglers Ted McVay and his son Jim were staying at the Andros Island Bonefish Club in the Bahamas. Jim snipped some yellow carpet fibers from the floor of a taxi and used them to tie a new fly. Every time a fish hit the fly, guide Rupert Leadon would say, "Gotcha." The Gotcha fly is now tied with a wing of tan craft fur and the ones we sell have a mono weed guard, which helps keep your fly snag-free in some kinds of bottom structure. Or, you can simply remove...

Gotcha Weedless Gotcha Weedless
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The skiff slipped quietly along the shallow edge of the flat where the open water met the mangroves. A nice bonefish appeared within casting range and Patty landed the small Gotcha three feet in front of his face. A couple of line strips brought a solid strike and the fish bolted for open water and then raced back toward the boat with the angler reeling frantically. Past the boat it went, through a tiny cove and deep into the mangroves where the water was less tha a foot deep. Fifty yards of...

Kwan fly in chartreuse
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As tied by: Pat DorsyThe Kwan Fly was invented for the backwaters and flats of South Florida to imitate the mottled blennies and gobies that sport fish prey on. The striped Kwan quickly proved itself in many other waters. The fly was initially tied for bonefish. It quickly proved it's worth on virtually every species of fish in South Florida and on many other flats in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Kwan, Tan Kwan, Tan
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As tied by: Pat DorsyThis is a very effective redfish fly in various conditions. Because of the basic shape of it's body, it makes a good crab/shrimp/gobie/blennie imitation in shallower water. Unlike most crab imitation flies this fly is also productive when stripped as a streamer for blind casting, or fishing to cruising reds.

Marks Spawning Shrimp Marks Spawning Shrimp
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This fly started as a good deed from another angler who tied me a few flies while we were staying in San Pedro and fishing around Ambergris Key in Belize about 2000. I didn't have all the ingredients that my benefactor had used, but the substitutes worked even better than the originals. Mark's Spawning Shrimp is mighty tasty to bonefish and a host of other flats fish and to fish that live in the mangroves, such as snook, snappers, jacks and even an occasional permit. This is one fly that you...

Mini Puff Shrimp, Orange Mini Puff Shrimp, Orange
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On a trip to Andros South Bonefish Camp, we drifted up within casting range of a whitish streak of clouded water. It was being caused by bonefish rooting for food buried in the bottom of the shallow flat. Sometimes bonefish hydraulically excavate food organisms from soft silt by squirting jets of water from their mouths. This results in a cloud of debris which drifts with the current, sometimes for many yards. The cloud is called a "Mud." As we slowly approached the mudding fish, I offered a...

Mini Puff Shrimp, Pink Mini Puff Shrimp, Pink
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On a trip to Andros South Bonefish Camp, we drifted up within casting range of a whitish streak of clouded water. It was being caused by bonefish rooting for food buried in the bottom of the shallow flat. Sometimes bonefish hydraulically excavate food organisms from soft silt by squirting jets of water from their mouths. This results in a cloud of debris which drifts with the current, sometimes for many yards. The cloud is called a "Mud." As we slowly approached the mudding fish, I offered a...

Mini Puff Shrimp, Tan Mini Puff Shrimp, Tan
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On a trip to Andros South Bonefish Camp, we drifted up within casting range of a whitish streak of clouded water. It was being caused by bonefish rooting for food buried in the bottom of the shallow flat. Sometimes bonefish hydraulically excavate food organisms from soft silt by squirting jets of water from their mouths. This results in a cloud of debris which drifts with the current, sometimes for many yards. The cloud is called a "Mud." As we slowly approached the mudding fish, I offered a...

P-Ditty P-Ditty
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The name makes sense once you think about it. Flies (just like Hip-Hop artists) are constantly being re-invented. The old-school classic Puff, with some updating and increased movement. Gone is the chenille and bucktail replaced by Coyote, softer dubbing and mylar. While there is nothing wrong with the classic fly, the P-Diddy ?breathes? when you lay it in front of a tailing fish. ...

Rag Head Crab Rag Head Crab
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A great fly for light colored flats. Bonefish and Permit have both been caught with this fly.

Red Eyed Shrimp Red Eyed Shrimp
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The Red Eye Shrimp has been effective for bonefish in Belize, Bahamas, and Cuba. Because it is light weight, is nearly clear in color, and is constructed with a monofillament weed guard the Red Eye Shrimp pattern works in many kinds of bonefish habitat. It is also easy to cast and it enters the water quietly and unobtrusively. At the heart of the Red Eye Shrimp is the wonderfully sharp, strong, and beautiful X452 Daiichi X-Point Saltwater Hook. There are no exotic materials used in the Red Eye...

Reefer Mantis Schmidts Reefer Mantis Schmidts
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Mantis Shrimp are plentiful along some flats and coral reefs. In actuality, they are neither shrimp nor mantids, but receive their name purely from the physical resemblance to both the terrestrial praying mantis and the shrimp. They may reach 12 inches in length or more, but the ones that bonefish and permit normally feed on are a fourth that large. Mantis shrimp appear in a variety of colors, from shades of browns to bright neon colors. Although they are common animals and among the most...

RT 1 Special RT 1 Special
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As tied by: Adam DeBruinAdam?s life has revolved around fly fishing and fly-tying from an early age. He was winning competitive fly-tying competitions by age 12. His passion was further fueled while working at Eledredge Brothers fly shop in southern Maine - where he grew up on the water. Adam has been providing guided trips since 2000. He spends most of his time in the upper keys living and fishing Biscayne, Flamingo, and the surrounding waters in his Dolphin Super Skiff. The Rt.1 Special is...

Skampi Skampi
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SkampiThe Skampi (shrimp) as tied by Solitude Fly Company is one of those universal flies for bonefish on tan colored flats, which occur nearly everywhere. Most creatures that spend their lives in shallow saltwater have the ability to change color to match their surroundings, or they are consumed by predators that can see them. Therefore it makes sense to match your fly color with the bottom that you are fishing over. Many times we have seen the wrong colored fly spook fish as soon as it was...

Squimp Squimp
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This heavy weighted impressionistic fly can represent many things, squid or shrimp, just to name a few. It is a great pattern where large bonefish or permit hang out.

Super Shrimp Super Shrimp
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Super Swimming ShrimpAs tied by: Tim BorskiThis fly has become one of the standards for many bonefish, and redfish destinations.

Super Swim Shrimp B Rubber/Leg Super Swim Shrimp B Rubber/Leg
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As tied by: Tim BorskiThis fly has become one of the standards for many bonefish, and redfish destinations.

Teeny Flats Bonefish Fly Teeny Flats Bonefish Fly
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Donna Teeny managed the prestigious Andros Island Bonefish Clup for ten years. During that time she caught a lot of bonefish and fished with some of the best bonefish guides in the world. Her and her husband Jim had many chances to experiment with flies. Their research, and years of trial and error has produced what may be the best bonefish fly for light colored flats.Patty and I pack a lot of flies when we go on trips, especially to new destinations. Recently we did a trip in an area where...