Fly Patterns

Pearlescent Gotcha

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 Hook (#6)
  • UTC Thread 210, Fluorescent Shell Pink
  • Bead Chain Eyes, Medium, Silver
  • Crystal Flash, Mirror
  • EP Fibers, Beige
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Hardener, Clear (#2103)

Design Inspiration & Detail

Gotchas are effective when attracting Bonefish and Permit. Using a color that matches local species and conditions also effects how successful a pattern will be. When challenged with choosing a color for the fly-box or a specific trip, a safe bet is to take some patterns that look translucent, opalescent, or pearlescent. Most shrimp have this characteristic. It would be wise to use soft natural colors as well (i.e. light pinks, oranges, tans, etc.). The pattern seen above is a great example of an effective Gotcha for almost any saltwater application. See Top 10 Patterns for Bonefish for additional effective patterns.

Target Species

This particular fly was designed to attract Bonefish and Permit – many other species (i.e. Pompano, other Jacks, etc.) will also take the fly.

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