For the last couple seasons, we’ve been fishing one of our favorite bonefish patterns at Andros South – A pattern we’ve dubbed the Bonefish Buttah (Yep, we had a little fun with the name). Well, we’re pleased to announce that the good folks at Solitude Fly Company have started producing it and it is now available to your local Solitude Fly dealer.
However, we’re well aware that many of you like to tie your own flies as well. So, today we present you with step by step instructions on how to tie your own.
Shea’s Bonefish Buttah – Fly Tying Instructions
The Bonefish Buttah was designed with our South Andros fishery in mind. It incorporates everything we prefer in our bonefish flies – a large profile, lightweight bead chain eyes, tan hues, a touch of orange, and rubber legs. Those features alone are a recipe for success here on South Andros.
However, what we feel sets the Buttah apart from other patterns is the ‘shroud’ of rabbit fur tied in at the back of the fly. Although it may not be evident in the vice, when in the water this rabbit fur collar gives a great translucence to the fly and creates an enticing movement to the pattern on every strip. Plus, it also helps too fight other materials from fouling around the hook bend. On top of that, the dubbing we have chosen for the pattern (Tan UV Ice Dub), when dubbed over fluorescent orange thread actually takes on a nearly lavender color when wet, that surprisingly enough, the fish really seem to like! It works really well here on South Andros and we think you should give it a try. Here’s how to tie one.
- Hook: Tiemco 811s, Sz. 2-6.
- Thread: UTC 140 Denier, Fl. Fire Orange.
- Eyes: Medium Bead Chain Eyes, Silver.
- Egg Sac: Rabbit Fur Trimmed From Zonker Strip, Hot Orange.
- Tail: Craft Fur, Sand (Barred With Permanent Marker).
- Mono Eyes: Black Mono Eyes.
- Legs: Pumpkin Barred Sili Legs, ‘Nymph’ Size.
- Antennae: Krystal Flash, Black.
- Dubbing Ball: Ice Dubbing, UV Hot Orange.
- Collar: Brown Barred Ginger Zonker Strip in Dubbing Loop.
- Body: Ice Dubbing, UV Tan.