Mini Puffs |
By Jason Akl
Bonefish inhabit most of the world’s tropical waters and are revered by anglers as one of the ocean’s premier fly rod fish. This impressive reputation is not unfounded; bonefish display long powerful reel screeching runs coupled with a never-give up attitude.
As popular as these ghosts of the flats are, getting them to cooperate and take flies readily is not an easy task.
Bonefish dine on a wide variety of mollusks and crustaceans living on or near the oceans bottom. Incorporating fly patterns that imitate these types of aquatic critters into your fly box and fishing repertoire is a definite must for anglers looking to have a chance at catching quality fish in a days jaunt.
A good place to start for fly anglers chasing bones is the Mini Puff fly pattern. This versatile bonefish pattern is a good searching pattern to use when out on unfamiliar waters or when the going gets tough. The Mini Puff in all actuality does not look like one particular type of food source. Its success is based on its ability to resemble a wide variety of food sources that bonefish fancy. Tying these flies is not labor intensive so stocking up for a week of fishing can be done in just a few hours worth of work at the bench.
Whites, hot pinks, oranges and browns are the staple colors that traditionally work best but carrying a few multicolored combinations can get even the most fussy of fish to come in a take a second look. The Mini Puff might not look like the ideal fly for fishing topical waters with finicky fish but time and time again when all else fails the Mini Puff has saved the day.
Tie these flies in sizes 4 – 8.