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Our tripletail fishery along the coast of the Everglades has lots of winter-time offshore buoy fishing - but every summer the fish come into less than three feet of water and we target fish up to around ten pounds on fly. Our go to bug is a 2/0 clouser variation, called the Whitewater Special (it's just a fl. green or chartreuse over white clouser with a fl.orange belly, large beadchain eyes, and a wire weedguard (it was first designed to work mangrove shorelines but it works in a variety of situations... and is almost four inches long from hookeye to the end of the bucktail...). Here's a pic...
The bottom left fly....
I'm no longer a commercial tyer but at one time I tied for as many as three shops at the same time -so I've been using the standard Mustad hooks for years and years.... For my own use I always flatten the barb with a pair of pliers and sharpen the hook with a mill **** file - before I tie up any pattern with it...
It looks like you're tying your Clouser with both chartreuse and white bucktail wings below the hook shank instead of one above and one below. Is that for speed of tying or another reason? I ask because a Clouser is my go to fly for everything from Alaska to Montana to Argentina. I just vary weight and color .
bonefish clouser size #4 (I do them in #6, #4, and #2's..)
Whitewater clouser, 2/0
These are Whitewaters on jig hooks - note half lead eye, half beadchain eyes for different depths...
The tripletail here seem to be a little larger with 20lb fish not uncommon. Do you think I'd be OK with the Mustad?
I don't buy them in your bulk but I do buy them by the hundreds. It's just when I see one of these nice tripletail I wonder about the Mustads.
I noticed you said you use the Mustad 34007 for 80% of your tying. Does that 80% include bonefish.
We are going to Abaco this summer and I'm a bonefish virgin so, needless to say, I am pumped beyond belief. I may not be able to bring any luggage because of all the flies I'll tie and bring.
Is the Mustad 34007 OK for bonefish?