by Ken Collins - April 09, 2017
There is more to fly fishing salt water flats than walking a beach making a fly cast. To totally depict the complexity of such a great sport would take a book and there is countless good reads out there already. However, there is always the basic must knows and must haves for every successful fly fishing presentation.
In salt water flats fishing one of the biggest problems I always run into is the infamous fly box. I see fly boxes so full of flies and colours choices that good sunglasses are a must if admiring these collections in daylight hours. I am not saying bright and shiny is a bad thing, but when you admire these collections more closely it is easy to spot the don’t haves.
So many fly shops sell weighted bonefish flies and are successful doing it. Clients are happy they caught fish. But, as a salt water junkie I have got to know the necessity of non weighted flats flies. I also have saved the day having non weighted flies with weed guards. So here is a favourite pattern that ties easy and fishes very shallow weedy waters that most anglers stay away from. Too bad you are missing a lot of action because bonefish feed heavily in these turtle grass flats.