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tcmono 01-11-2005 07:41 AM

If you had to pick one fly . . .
I'll be in the keys in September and I'm going to have a very limited amount of time to do some wading for Bonefish. I want to pare down the choices to the bare minimum, if you could only have one fly for the keys in September(Islamorada area), what would it be?

P.S. - I'm also a relative beginner fly-fisher, so the fly choice should be as idiot-proof as possible. I also have pretty low expectations.

JusBones 01-11-2005 08:26 AM

If at all possible.......
I would try to do a day or half day with a guide...why ? Well DIY without some experience can be a frustrating experience. And bonefishing is such a great sport that it may turn you off if you dont score. I have never fished the Keys for bones...just the Bahamas.....I have been told some of the Kwan type patterns work well in the a trip report when you get back !!

tcmono 01-11-2005 08:51 AM

I'm already planning to do 2 days with a guide, I just wanted to do some wading in the evening after the charter is over. I was down there last November and got my first bone (a 12 lber), although it was on spinning gear and a crab (20 knot winds the whole time we were there), but the fish was tailing and we weren't chumming! I am now officially ruined for all other species.

petevicar 01-11-2005 09:33 AM

I would use a tasty toad.


salt dog 01-11-2005 10:44 AM

I haven't fished that area, just the bahamas, but based upon that experience would suggest a shrimp imitation based pattern, somthing brownish/pinkish color with some transluscence, about 1 1/2 inch long, and take along several sizes, light weighted and unweighted. IMO, presentation is more important that pattern, size more important than color. If they are feeding and you present something looking edible properly, without a splash, and strip it past them within several feet, they will pick it up. Strip strike and hold on for miles of smiles!

JusBones 01-11-2005 11:19 AM

Best advise would be to talk to your guide....good luck !

petevicar 01-11-2005 01:03 PM

Hi Guys
I have visited Islamorda many many times. The fishing there is very different to the Bahamas.
With the exception of a few Ocean side flats, the flats are mud with a certain amount of grass on them. Very dangerous to wade.
The flies used are usually more brown coloured than typical Bahamas flies.
The best examples of these are Tim Borski's flies.
However if I had to choose one fly then it would be Harry Spear's Tasty Toad. It simulates a toad fish and also a sort of craby shrimpy thing. Look at Dick Brown's book for tying instructions.
I can assure you that is a fly used by many of the top guides around Islamorada.


teflon_jones 01-13-2005 07:04 AM

I'd use a tan sili-legs Gotcha in a size 8 or 10.

daverob 01-22-2005 05:19 PM

tan over white or olive over white clouser, 2 to 2 1/2 inches long, a little flash.

Capt.PeteRowney 01-26-2005 05:06 PM

September is a great month, with some very large fish around. Wade fishing in the Keys can be tough- a lot of very soft bottom. If you are going to be in Islamorada your best bet is a flat on Lower Matecumbe, sometimes referred to as Bale Beach. It got its' name from the occasional bale of marijuana that would wash up. It has good hard bottom with mixed grass/sand patches that is easy to wade. Incoming tide early or late in the day. For tailers a tan Kwan size 4. For deeper fish Fur Shrimp or Clousers in 4 and 6.

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