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Old 02-05-2006, 03:00 PM
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Weed guards

What do you guy' s think about weed guards on bonefish flies.
Do you think they hinder hook sets?
If you use them what types do you tie in?
Is it agood idea to have at least one or two of each pattern tied w/ a guard?
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Old 02-05-2006, 05:33 PM
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I was wondering the same thing, where I'm headed (the keys) they are highly recommended. I'm thinking about tying most of the patterns with them and if they present a problem in hooking bones (not a bad problem to have for a rookie like myself), I'll simply snip them off.

What about using 30lb floro for guards, I'm not sure how stiff they should be would 30lb rio hard mono do the trick, having trouble finding the Mason brand.
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Old 02-05-2006, 08:46 PM
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If you're bonefishing in the Keys they're mandatory. Same goes for redfish, snook and trout. A number of my tarpon flies have them too. As far as a weedguard hindering a hookset- don't worry about it because you aren't going to hook a fish with six inches of grass trailing from it. I generally use 16# Mason on all of my bonefish flies tied in horseshoe style. Jim, if you're having a hard time finding it locally, try World Wide Sportsman (they're owned by Bass Pro), Cabelas or Kaufmanns.

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Old 02-06-2006, 09:41 AM
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Jim I think the RIO hard mono would work but 30# is too heavy. You want 15-20#

Last year I started just tying a length of hard mono down the length of the hook out past the eye. Tie it in on the side with the hook point. Then finish the fly as usual. When you are done just bend the mono extending past the eye back towards the hook point. Trim it a little bit past the point and you are in business. Seemed to work pretty well.

I would say more than 50% of my bone/permit flies have weedguards.
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:45 PM
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Rats,
I just ordered some 30# hard mono guess I'll go pick up some 15 or 16# also.
Big Dave when you bend the mono back towards the point do you put a wrap or two around it to keep it there?
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:20 PM
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I end up in the Bahamas for bones most of the time so a weedguard gets very little use. Sometimes you are throwing into grass but there's not much in the way of flotsam to worry about down there. I would say I have a few and use one or two in a week down that way.

An unweighted fly fish slowly above the weeds gets good reactions too. I've been surprised by how far a bone will rise to take a fly under the right conditions (e.g. not tailing).
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