One of the best times to get and use this great fly pattern is when the summertime weather fades and the cooler and windier days take over. These changes in weather inspire Bonefish to alter the areas they inhabit and start the spawning process.
To fish these Bones in colder waters you have to understand a little about the fish’s behavior. Bonefish will make their way up and down the outside edges of the ocean side flats, crossing shallower points as they swim around. If you can find one of these shallow points, stay on it because it will be the perfect place to cast your flies from. As the larger schools work across a section of water “pushes” of water can be seen.
Ideally fishing these large schools you want to be able to cast over the group of fish with the Super Swimming Shrimp into the moving fish. The action produced by the fly will closely imitate a fleeing shrimp. If these fish are moving at a more brisk pace, get the shrimp out in front of them and start stripping it quickly to keep up with them. The special buoyancy of the swimming shrimp will keep the fly moving through the water as fast as you can strip the line.
Tie this pattern in sizes 2 & 4.
Start this fly by placing the hook into the vice securely and attaching the thread to the hook shank. Clip a small patch of calf tail and align the tips with your hair stacker. Tie this bunch white calf tail to the top of the hook shank at the point above the barb. Cut 5 orange Krystal flash fibers and double them over your line to make one single grouping of ten fibers. Lay this grouping of fibers on top of the hook shank and secure it in place with a few thread wraps.
Onto the bottom of the hook shank tie in a pair of white/ red rubber legs extending off of the back of the fly. Advance the thread up the hook shank tying down the remainder of the rubber legs so that they extend over the hook eye an inch or so. Bring the thread back to the ˝ mark on the hook shank and begin spinning deer hair up the remaining exposed hook shank. The first clump of hair that you spin should have the tips aligned so that it can be used as a collar. After you have spun three groupings of deer hair onto the hook shank tie in a pair of the lead free prismatic eyes on to the top of the hook shank. Continue spinning deer hair until you reach the back of the hook eye. Whip finish the thread and cement the head thoroughly.
With a sharp pair of scissors carefully trim the head so that it becomes significantly tapered towards the front of the fly. Do not cut back too, far into the deer hair because you want to leave the first grouping of deer hair you stacked unharmed as a collar for the fly. Trim the bottom of the head off flat and cement the head of the fly lightly.