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Dave17 02-04-2006 05:27 PM

Acklins Flies
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I'm in full tying mode for the trip now. Thought I'd post a couple of my "go to" patterns for the trip. Starting with the fly I'll use 70% of the time.......

Bunny Gotcha:

Dave17 02-04-2006 05:30 PM

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Bonefish puff........

Dave17 02-04-2006 05:32 PM

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A little weightless tailing fly.......

Dave17 02-04-2006 05:35 PM

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My creation based on some of my favorite attributes from other patterns........

Dave17 02-04-2006 05:38 PM

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And finally a mantis shrimp immitation.......

tight-lines 02-04-2006 07:35 PM

nice! are those plastic beads your useing for eyes on the gotcha , puff and shrimp? And I have yet to see a wing on a puff like that what is the material

juro 02-04-2006 08:12 PM

Dave -

I can never judge a fly simply based on it's choice of colors, proportions and design. If so these would be a slam dunk.

However I need to fish them to really appreciate what they have to offer so please tie 4-6 of each for my flybox to validate :lildevl:

Feiger 02-04-2006 09:35 PM

I am so not happy that I can't go on this trip.......:( :(

Smcdermott 02-04-2006 11:14 PM

Bonefish love legs....
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I don't know if you have tried any flies with rubber legs but I had very good luck with them on my trip a few years back and know others who swear by flies that incorporate them as well. The ones with the orange legs in this box were particularly appetizing to some tough educated fish we encountered. My camera battery died as I tried to get some close ups but if you are interested I can get some detail shots tomorrow. I am headed to Mexico in May or I would be offering up the box as a loaner to you guys.


jimS 02-05-2006 05:56 AM

Dave, nice job! I think you are definitely covered if they are in the 4, 6 & 8 range. If we get the boat, you might want to tie some with a little weight in size 2 for the bigger singles and doubles in deeper water. A couple crab patterns would put you over the top.

Dave17 02-05-2006 09:08 AM

Thanks guys,

Tight-lines, all the flies use standard bead chain for the eyes except for the mantis shrimp which uses mono eyes. For whatever reason my camera has trouble with the close ups and distorts the eyes. The wing on the puff is tan kiptail.

Sean, my fly box looks exactly like yours. I've gotten really carried away all patterns shown here have been tied with and w/o legs as well.

tight-lines 02-07-2006 08:10 PM

You guys have inspired me to hit the bench for my up coming Belize trip in June.
If you don't mind I'll post some of my work as it progresses for constructive critism. I'm new to this saltwater game.

titleguy 02-08-2006 08:45 AM

I'm going to Eleuthera for 5 days in a couple of weeks- You guys ave already helped my out tremendously with patterns, but how about quantity? A dozen of the usual suspects in the usual sizes enough? My current list is something like this:

1 dozen tan charlies- 4, 6
1 dozen pink charlies 4, 6
1 dozen gotchas- 4, 6 mixed white, tan, pink
1 dozen puffs 6- pink, orange
few simrams
few mixed in sili shrimp
few mixed in crabs
bitters in olive, pink
2 dozen clousers- chart/white, all white, pink white 2, 4, 6
few seaducers, deceivers, etc. for Jacks and Cuda.

What else?:confused:

BigDave 02-08-2006 09:01 AM

Wow that's quite a list. If you have that fly selectoin in a variety of sink rates from blind to lead eyes you should be in great shape!

Maybe Adrian will chime in. I think he's an Eleuthera veteran.

titleguy 02-08-2006 09:04 AM

The clousers, some crabs, simrams ( my go to gulf beach fly) deceivers, seaducers I already have. I'm very light on the traditional bonefish flies though and everything I've read or been told says bring it as there is nowhere on Eleuthera to buy flies. Got a lot of tying to do in the next 12 days.:hihi:

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