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Over the years, bonefishing and permit fishing in the Florida Keys, Bahamas, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, Seychelles, Hawaii and Christmas Island have been written about and several destinations have been personally visited by our staff or contributors. Here’s what we came up with as a short list of must-have flies for flats dwelling bonefish and permit at any of the aforementioned fishing holes.
Oddly, successful bonefish and permit tournament anglers are short list oriented to begin with so when it comes to flies that catch bones and permit on the flats, here’s a few examples. Tim Mahaffey, winner of several bonefish tournaments, uses only one fly, the Duane Baker’s Spawning Shrimp fly. Former winner of the most prestigious of all tournaments, Don Hawley Invitational Tarpon Tournament was won by Capt. Jeffrey Cardenas using a Merkin with the legs removed. Go figure.
These flies were on just about everyone’s list, especially in the Bahamas, Keys, Seychelles and Belize: Gotcha, Merkin, Crazy Charlie, Duane’s Spawning Shrimp, Bonefish Bitters and Christmas Island Special
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