Published Jul 9. 2018 - 4 years ago
Updated or edited Jul 9. 2018

Lighten your fly on the fly

Many flies for salt water fishing have lead or metal dumbbell eyes or eyes made from bead chain, which help them penetrate the water and sink quickly. Unfortunately these weights also make the fly splash a bit, when it hits the water.

If you are fishing for spooky fish - namely bonefish, but also mullet - in skinny water, this splash is very likely to scare the fish. In stead of spending time changing the fly, simply cut off the eyes with a small set of pliers. This operation can be done quickly, and will not harm a well tied fly significantly.

Put the cut-off eyes in your pocket and cast again before you loose sight of your quarry.

First published: 
Mar 11. 2003


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