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FLORIDA KEYS BONEFISH FLIES

THE ABOMINATION

Abomination

Tying the Abomination

The Abomination was created while sitting at my vice with one of my clients Raymond Laurel. This pattern is certainly one of my favorite patterns to throw. Although tied for Bonefish, this pattern has been eaten by redfish, baby tarpon, jacks, ladyfish and many more species
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Tan Craft Fur, Pearl Krystal Flash
Body: Tan and Cream Rug Yarn
Thread: Chartreuse
Eyes: Medium Bead Chain Eyes
Markers: Olive and Chartreuse
Weed Guard: Mono V
Hook: GAMI #SL12
Hook Sizes: 2,4,1,1/0

THE FLATS SHRIMP

Flats Shrimp Bonefish Fly

Tying the Flats Shrimp

This is one of my newest bonefish patterns.
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THE RECIPE
Tail: 4 Cree hackles - splayed
Body: brown craft fur - dubbed
Head: EP fibers dubbed
Thread: Tan
Eyes: Small or Medium Lead Eyes
Weed Guard: Mono V
Hook: Gami SL12
Hook Sizes: 2,4

THE TASTY TOAD

Tasty Toad

Tying the Tasty Toad

This fly has been in my fly box for the last 6 or 7 years or so. This is my go to fly. When all else fails, chuck the toad. When tied with gold flash in the tail, this becomes a deadly redfish fly too!! This fly is the modified version of the original. Original pattern by Captain Harry Spear
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Tan and White marabou, two grizzly hackles and pearl krystal flash
Body: Tan and Cream Sparkle yarn or tan poly yarn
Thread: Chartreuse
Eyes: Small or Medium Lead Eyes
Weed Guard: Mono V
Hook: Gami SL12
Hook Sizes: 2,4,1

THE DEER HAIR SHRIMP

Deer Hair Shrimp Bonefish Fly

Tying the Deer Hair Shrimp

This fly is basically a Borski Slider except the body is craft fur. We all know how Borksi flies work! Any fly designed by Tim is a winner!
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Tan Craft Fur and Pearl Krystal Flash
Body: Rust Craft Fur
Thread: Wine
Eyes: Medium Bead Chain
Weed Guard: Mono V
Hook: Gamagatsu B10 Stinger
Hook Sizes: 1

THE GOTCHA

Gotcha Bonefish Fly

Tying the Gotcha

Not much to say about this must-have pattern. You should stuff as many as you can in your fly box. Proven to catch bonefish where ever they live.
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Pearl Mylar Tubing
Body: Pearl Sparkle Braid
Thread: Pink
Eyes: Medium Bead Chain Eyes
Weed Guard: Optional
Hook: Mustad 34007
Hook Sizes: 2,4,1

FLORIDA KEYS TARPON FLIES

THE CD - Tarpon Fly

The CD - Tarpon Fly

Tying the CD

The CD is by far the best tarpon pattern I have ever used. I mostly use this pattern for laid up tarpon in the backcountry. It's irresistible. I haven't had to change this pattern once in the last 4 years. It is the "laid up" tarpon devastator.
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THE RECIPE
Tail: 2 yellow, 2 white and 2 grizzly hackles splayed outward, yellow krystal flash
Body: 2 yellow and 2 white hackles palmered - alternating
Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash
Bump: Yellow Chenille
Thread: Yellow
Thread Protection: 25lb. Mono - snelled
Hook: Mustad 3407SS
Hook Sizes: 2/0, 3/0

THE GURLGER

The Gurgler - Tarpon Fly

Tying The Gurgler

The Gurgler is a foam topwater popper. Great fly for Baby Tarpon, Snook and just about any topwater feeder.
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Polar Fibre
Body: Olive Estaz, palmered Hackle
Flash: Tan Krystal Flash
Thread: tan
Hook: Billy Pate
Hook Sizes: #2

THE TARPON TOAD

Tarpon Toad - Tarpon Fly

Tying the Tarpon Toad

The secret is out! This fly became very popular from the tv show Chasing Silver. The Toad has a lot of different versions. Some are tied with marabou tails and collars instead of rabbit. Either one will work. I have many of both stuffed in my fly box.
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Chartreuse Rabbit Zonker Strip - Inverted
Body: Yellow Rabbit Zonker Strip - Palmered
Head: Tan Poly Yarn
Eyes: Black Mono Eyes
Thread: Chartreuse
Hook: Mustad 3407SS
Hook Sizes: 2/0, 3/0

THE INHALER

The Inhaler - Tarpon Fly

Tying the Inhaler

This fly is my favorite fly to throw at baby tarpon on dark or blotchy bottom. I've also caught many large tarpon on the Inhaler in the Islamorada backcountry as well. A quick tap retrieve is best. For baby tarpon tie this fly on 34007 1/0 stainless hook and for large tarpon tie on a Mustad 3407SS 2/0 or 3/0.
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Chartreuse Rabbit Zonker Strip - Inverted
Head: Chartreuse Medium Estaz
Eyes: Black Mono Eyes
Thread Protection: 25lb. Mono - snelled
Thread: Chartreuse
Hook: Mustad 34007. 3407SS
Hook Sizes: 1, 1/0 2/0, 3/0

FLORIDA KEYS PERMIT FLIES

THE FUZZY MERKIN

The Fuzzy Merkin - Permit Fly

Tying the Fuzzy Merkin

This fly is a Merkin tied inverted. After tying in the yarn, I take a small wire brush and brush out the yarn. It makes the appearance of a complete shell. It also sinks faster.This fly can be tied in various colors and sized. If tied on a size 2 or 4, it can be deadly on bonefish and redfish.
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Brown Marabou,
Pearl Krystal Flash
Body: Brown Sparkle Yarn
Eyes: Large Lead Eyes
Legs: Rubber Legs
Thread: Orange
Weed Guard: Mono V
Hook: Mustad 34007
Hook Sizes: 1, 1/0 2/0

THE T-PAK CRAB

Florida Keys Permit Flies - The T-Pak Crab

Tying the T-pak Crab

The T-Pak, short for Todd Paikin, one of my clients who loves to throw this fly at big Bonefish and Permit. We have caught numerous fish on this fly and it has taken it's fair share of Permit as well..
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Barred Tan Craft Fur and Orange Krystal Flash
Body: Tan and Cream Sparkle Yarn
Thread: Wine
Eyes: Medium Bead Chain
Weed Guard: Mono V
Legs: Tan Round Rubber Legs
Hook: Gamagatsu B10 Stinger
Hook Sizes: #1

FLORIDA KEYS REDFISH AND SNOOK FLIES

THE REDFISH SEADUCER

Florida Keys Redfish Flies - The Redfish Seaducer

Tying the Redfish Seaducer

Talk about a fly that can catch some redfish! This fly is known to catch redfish in Texas as well as Florida. Great fly for tailing reds. It can also be tied with lead eyes for deep water situations.
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Four Grizzly Hackles Splayed Outward. (two on each side)
Flash: Gold or Copper Krstal Flash
Body: Three grizzly hackles palmered
Head: Orange Medium Ice Chenille
Thread: Orange
Thread Protection: 25lb. mono snelled
Weed Guard: Mono V
Hook: Mustad 34007
Hook Sizes: 2. 1, 1/0

THE WHITE WIDOW

Florida Keys Snook  Flies - The White Widow

Tying the Widow

This is a great all around baitfish pattern fly. Great for snook, tarpon or just about anything that will eat baitfish. This fly imitates a finger mullet.
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THE RECIPE
Tail : White Rabbit Zonker Strip
Body: Body Fur
Thread: Chartreuse
Eyes: Plastic Eyes
Markers: Black, Purple, Red
Hook: Mustad 34007
Hook Sizes: 1,1/0

FLORIDA KEYS Shark Flies

THE MAD PUMPKIN

Florida Keys Shark  Flies - The Mad Pumpkin

Tying the Mad Pumpkin

A great all around shark fly. This fly is also deadly in all black. You will notice I don't take much care in tying this fly. It's usually trashed after a shark gets a hold of it.
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THE RECIPE
Tail: Orange Zonker strip, Pearl Flashabou
Body: Orange Marabou, palmered
Head: Dan Bailey's body fur
Thread: Orange
Hook: Mustad 3407SS
Hook Sizes: 2/0, 3/0

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Sight-cast big permit on the flats. Expect long battles and heart pounding action while these fish tail and root for their prey.
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An adventure into the Everglades National Park for species like Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Trout, Sharks and Jacks.
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03/14/14 | Posted by: Captain Paul Fisicaro

The Capt landing a nice Tarpon caught on the fly rod.Hey Guys, Well, You want Permit?? We got Permit. Tons of fish out there right now. although the fishing has slowed the last few days with the full moon approaching. I think most of the Permit Ive been seeing have gone to spawn but will be back shortly. I also want to congratulate Roy Hammond, Vietnam and US Navy Vet on catching his first ever Permit on fly as well. He deserved it! Tarpon fishing has also been pretty goodbut will only get better and better. I was canceled 7 days in May (May 11th - May 17th) from a normal client and now have days available for Tarpon fishing (FLY FISHING ONLY)

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FLORIDA KEYS BONEFISH PATTERNS

THE GOTCHA

TASTY TOAD

FLATS SHRIMP

DEER HAIR SHRIMP

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THE ABOMINATION

 

   
     
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FLORIDA KEYS TARPON PATTERNS

THE INHALER

THE CD

THE TARPON TOAD

THE GURGLER

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SPARCY DARCY

BABY POON FLY

   
   
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FLORIDA KEYS PERMIT PATTERNS

THE MERKIN

THE T-PAK Crab

PAUL'S EP GHOST CRAB

Permit Clouser

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FLORIDA KEYS SNOOK AND REDFISH PATTERNS

THE SEADUCER

THE WHITE WIDOW

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THE MAD PUMPKIN

The one and only shark fly I use. I also tie this fly in black and red.

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