Top 10 Bonefish Flies for Christmas Island

Top 10 Bonefish Flies for Christmas Island

When planning a fishing trip to Christmas Island (Kiribati) and deciding on the top bonefish flies, there are several commonly recommended options to choose from. Here are the top choices: 

  1. Gotcha: This is a highly effective fly and a must-have for trips to saltwater destinations when targeting bonefish. 
  1. Crazy Charlie: Another standard choice for bonefish fishing on Christmas Island, this fly has proven to be effective. 
  1. Bonefish Scampi Beadchain: An excellent choice for bonefish, particularly in shallow flats. 
  1. Longstrip Bonefish Fly: Designed to imitate the shrimp that bonefish feed on, this fly is very effective for larger bonefish. 
  1. Clouser Foxxee Red Bonefish Minnow: This versatile fly can be used to target various species, including bonefish. 
  1. Sili Legs: Designed by Barry and Cathy Beck, this fly is known for its effectiveness in various destinations and conditions. 
  1. Ververka Mantis Shrimp: This fly is great for bonefish and also works well for other saltwater species. 
  1. Borski Bonefish Slider: Ideal for fly fishing on the flats, this fly can also be used in freshwater. 
  1. Hot Butt Pseudo Shrimp: Developed for saltwater flats, this fly is effective in attracting bonefish. 
  1. Puff Pastry: This small shrimp imitation fly is effective for bonefish and even carp fly fishing.
  2. Additionally, there are some innovative flies specifically recommended for Christmas Island: 
  1. Flack’s Cocaine Crustacean: With longer legs and a smaller bead head, this fly is appealing to bonefish. 
  1. Drew Chicone’s Tranqi-Hill-Izer Pattern: This fly is designed for visibility at great distances, making it ideal for feeding bonefish. 
  1. The Strip Tease: This unique twist on a classic spawning shrimp pattern imitates the glowing organs of shrimp in the flats. 

It's important to note that the guides on Christmas Island prefer sparser-tied flies to ones with a lot of material. A general recommendation is to have a variety of flies to cover different situations and preferences of the local fish.

Kevin Bell

Wild on the Fly Adventure Travel

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