Tom Rosenbauer fishes almost exclusively with flies that he ties himself, and he’s no slouch at the vise. Last time he was in Belize, at El Pescador, with the folks from The New Fly Fisher, they shot some cool tying videos.
Here, Tom shows the version of a simple crab pattern, which he uses for bonefish. Tom walks you through his reasoning for each step, thus revealing some of his secrets learned over almost 40 years of bonefishing. Tom’s flies are always designed to fool the fish, not to be overly beautiful or exact imitations. Keep in mind that he’s not at his own tying bench, so he’s making due with available materials–which is a lesson in itself. And you can pretty much guarantee he went right out to the water and caught a bonefish.