Fly Patterns

Clay’s Reef Special: Yellow


Recreate fly patterns at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource.

Fly-Tying Materials

  • Mustad 34007SS (#2 or #4)
  • Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread, white
  • Real Eyes Plus, Yellow (3/16” for #2 and 5/32” for #4)
  • Polarflash, Pearl
  • Craft Fur, White
  • Craft Fur, Yellow
  • Variegated Tinsel Chenille, Medium, White/ Pearl

Design Inspiration & Detail

Clayton Yee designed this particular fly. You may find quite a few of his designs at his local fly shop, Nervous Water Fly Fishers in Honolulu, HI. Clay established Nervous Water Fly Fishers in 1999 before fly-fishing in the islands really took off. For the few years I lived in Hawaii, he and his shop manager Sean we more than helpful in setting me up with some effective fly patterns. His Mean Streak Gotcha and Orange Crazy Charlie are two more great patterns for Bonefish just about anywhere.

Clay’s Reef Special is another great fly for fishing South Florida and Caribbean flats. Anything that looks like a shrimp, crab or baitfish with natural colors and an splash of something bright is already the perfect fly for catching some local game fish. As always, the metallic/ crystal flash really gives the fly some life. Be creative and change up colors. Options for upgrading the pattern are endless.

Target Species

This particular fly was designed to attract Bonefish and Permit – jacks and many other species will also take the fly.

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