We’re spinning up a lot of bonefish flies these days, and while our bonefish aren’t overly picky, we still like the challenge of tying flies that best imitate what bonefish like to eat.
For the most part, bonefish forage (shrimp, crabs, baitfish, etc.) blend in really well on the flats. Thus, choosing a fly that best matches the color of the bottom is usually your best bet.
However, regardless of their camouflage, one thing many of these prey items have in common are big, bold, beady eyes. That might not seem that significant, but on top of a white sandy bottom, that little big of contrast sticks out like a sore thumb.
Therefore, we like incorporating mono eyes into our bonefish flies. They fish well, make great looking flies, and while they are commercially available, they’re also extremely simple to make yourself. Here’s how..