Supreme Hair Shrimp, Haine's Pattern Description: This is probably the most realistic saltwater shrimp pattern out there and it'll catch anything that eats shrimp...which is pretty much every fish that swims. I've caught bones, tarpon and permit on this fly and I know it works for reds and stripers too. UV resin makes this one
Tarpon Toad Pattern Description: The Tarpon Toad is pretty much where it's at these days as far as tarpon flies go. The wide head allows the fly to sink very slowly and even suspend, making it easier to let the fish "encounter" your fly rather than smack him on the head with it. After seeing
Bob's Banger, Popovic's Pattern Description: Bob Popovic's Banger is a big, simple popper perfect for jacks and cuda and stripers when they're up on top. This is a pretty quick and easy tie and the fly is tough and holds together well. Don't forget to tie up a few in a chartreuse color too.
Surf Candy, Popovic's Pattern Description: The Surf Candy has always been an intimidating pattern to me, but with the advent of these new UV resins, the fly becomes pretty dang easy. A great representation of small glass minnows and a variety of other saltwater baitfish, the Surf Candy can be employed anytime you're fishing salty.
Sea Habit Pattern Description: The Sea Habit, from Trey Combs, is a fantastic baitfish imitation most often used in offshore applications. I have personally used this one for Dorado fishing and can say these acrobatic fish just plain love it. While it looks complicated, the Sea Habit really isn't that hard to tie and there
Half & Half Pattern Description: This is one of my very favorite general baitfish imitations. Pretty much every fish that swims will eat a Half & Half. It's a combination of the ubiquitous Clouser Minnow and Deceiver patterns and is super easy to tie. This one can be done from fairly small up to full
McFly Crab, Chicone's Pattern Description: From FlyFisherman Magazine- I’ve said before that the saltwater fly tying arena could use a shot in the creative arm. I’m not saying there aren’t a lot of great saltwater fly patterns out there, but it has seemed to me that we, as anglers and tyers, often settle for “good
Bonefish Junk, Craven's Pattern Description: Now, I know bones aren’t the pickiest eaters, and that the general trick to bonefishing is to get your fly to them without scaring them, but once you get the hang of that part you start trying to hone the details and that’s where my mindset and background came into
Gartside's Gurgler Pattern Description: The Gurgler, or, more correctly, the *Gartside* Gurgler was developed my angling ranconteur, Jack Gartside. A simple top water pattern at home in front of everything from bluefish to bass, the Gurgler is a fly that even a novice can tie. While not really a "popper" or a "slider", the Gurgler
Gotcha Pattern Description: The Gotcha is a hugely popular bonefish fly that was originated in the Bahamas. Jim McVay allegedly tied the first Gotcha with some carpet trimmings from a Nassau taxi cab, and caught a bunch of bonefish on the fly in the following days. As many of you know, I just got back