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Bonefish Scampi • Henry Cowen

Posted by Drew Chicone On April 26th

 

Bonefish Scampi

This is the second installment of  Essential Bonefish Patterns • Andros. The complete step-by-step instructions for tying this pattern can be downloaded from www.saltyflytying.com

 

What factors led you to design the pattern Henry?

I was a dyed in the wool striper guy living in Stamford, CT and my go to fly was a fly called a coyote. It was a fly fisherman’s version of a Blakemore Roadrunner lure. It caught EVERYTHING! Stripers, blues, largemouth, smallmouth, tarpon…you name it. I figured that the success of the coyote was twofold: 1) the spinner blade used for either flash or vibration and 2) the rabbit strip tail was magical when in the water. That was what led me to the Scampi. It was basically a Gotcha on steroids. I guess if I designed it in the last 4 years I could have named it “the Balco”. The rabbit tail and the extended polar fiber wing gave it that big juicy look Shawn was telling me about. The tan Scampi was an instant success. I had also tied up some pink over tan to give the fish a different look than what they were seeing all the time. Andros was a happening place in the late 90’s and lodges were opening up all over the island. Andros bones were getting lots of pressure.  Read the rest of the interview with Henry Cowen.

 

Materials

Hook: Tiemco 811S sizes #2- #8

Thread: 210 Denier (or similar) Pale Pink (for pink/tan version) Orange (for tan fly)

Tail: Pearl Mylar Braid

Tan zonker strip

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Eyes: Medium bead chain (vary the weight of the eyes based on water depth)

Body: Pearl Bill’s Body Braid palmered around hook

Veil: Pearl Krystal Flash

Adhesive: Clear Cure Goo Hydro

 

7 must have pattens for stalking the giant bonefish that lurk around  the island of  Andros.- 96 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Bonefish Flies – Andros, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions.

 

Ververka Mantis Shrimp • Bob Ververka

Posted by Drew Chicone On April 12th

 

Veverka2

This is the first installment of  Essential Bonefish Patterns • Andros. The complete step-by-step instructions for tying this pattern can be downloaded from www.saltyflytying.com

 

Why did you choose the materials you did and the techniques to apply them Bob?

While tying baitfish flies I noticed the fine underfur on Craft Fur that I was discarding would make a nice tan translucent dubbing for a shrimp pattern. This would be the base color. It had to have eyes, since on real shrimp they are so noticeable. Rubber legs add movement to a fly.  I didn’t want the legs tied on in one clump or tie-in point, I wanted them to move freely from each other, so each of the 6 legs moves separately. The tuft of rabbit fur adds movement or life to the fly. Read the rest of the interview with Bob Ververka.

 

Materials

Hook: #2 Diiachi 2546 or Similar Saltwater Hook

Thread: Tan 3/0 or 210 Denier Flat Waxed Nylon

Tail: Tan Craft-fur

Antenna:  Tan or Pearl Krystal Flash

Eyes: 5/32 Dumbbell or Large Bead chain Essential Bonefish Flies - Andros BOXSHOT Image

Large Black EP Crustacean Eyes

Body: Craft Fur Dubbing

Legs: Sand Loco Legs

Mouth Parts: Tan Rabbit Fur

Adhesive: Clear Cure Goo Hydro

 

7 must-have pattens for stalking the giant bonefish that lurk around  the island of  Andros.- 96 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Bonefish Flies – Andros, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions.

 

 

 

Essential Bonefish Flies • Andros

Posted by Drew Chicone On April 5th

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Although there are thousands of existing bonefish patterns,  spend any amount of time around dyed-in-the-wool bone fishermen and you will find that that the Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule) definitely holds true.  Only a small assortment of proven patterns earn a spot their fly boxes, no matter where they intend on fishing.  Friends, guides, travel literature and most importantly personal on-the-flats experience have narrowed my list of must-have bonefish flies down to 7 essential patterns… in no particular order.  Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Cownes Bonefish Scampi, McVay’s Gotcha, Owen’s 90 Percenter, Chicone’s Tranqu-Hill-izer and Bone Appetit and Ginevri’s Avalon have all proven to be highly productive for Andros Island in the Bahamas.   These flies do a great job of mimicking a prey item and its specific movement. Understanding where the fly was intended to be fished, what factors led the designer to choose the materials he did, and why the pattern has evolved helps to give you the whole picture. Interviews with the fly’s designer will give you a peek into the heads of some of these innovative tiers and should help you to understand how they think and create new patterns as well as gives you a insider’s perspective, valuable insight, and hopefully encouragement to create your own unique patterns.

Over the next few weeks I will give you the basics on the 7 must have pattens for stalking the giant bonefish that lurk around the island of Andros.  As always, you can stay tuned to this blog each week as I share pieces from my eBook, but for the complete 96 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Bonefish Flies – Andros, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99