Adventures in Fly Fishing
Recently I made the decision to book a holiday in the Cook Islands for July. Winter gets me down - especially in Wellington, which lets be honest - hasn't had much of a summer. This is partly family holiday, and partly a "significant birthday," so in line with the later I decided I would look to go chase some of the local Bonefish that are starting to gain a reputation in Aitutaki. Now - full disclaimer - I have NEVER caught a fish in the salt on a flyrod. But I have always had a bit of a fixation on Bonefish since I first saw a video with them in it a good fifteen years ago. I think I like the fact that they are more or less the size of a trout - but with about 5 times the horsepower.
So, the flights and accomadation are booked, as is a day's fishing with a guide when I get there. And now I have 6 months to wait. So I have decided that I'm not going to waste them. I am going to spend them tying a variety of saltwater flies to take with me - and I am going to build me a kick-ass glass rod specifically for the trip. And I will post updates on both these projects.
First up though, fly pattern number one. This is a Clouser Minnow - a very famous pattern that can be tied in a multitude of ways. I have tied up a dozen of these so far in this colour scheme - and I will probably tie a few in different sizes. The colours were dictated by what I had sitting in my fly tying supplies at the time (I've since placed a number of orders to restock my supplies to give me more options. Anyway, here it is
Hook: Tiemco 8111S Size 6
Thread: Denier 6/0 Fluro Green
Tail: White Buck Tail
Wing: Chatreuse Bucktail, with a couple of strands of crystal flash
Eyes: Small painted lead Dumb-bells