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Pattern Gotcha
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Category Saltwater
Entered Wed, 04 Jun 2008
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Hook: TMC 811S #1/0, 2 and 4................ Thread: Gotcha Pink UTC 140 Denier.................. Eyes: Bead Chain or Plated Lead Eyes....................... Tail: Flat Pearl Diamond Broad, shredded........... Body: Flat Pearl Diamond Braid............................ Underwing: remaining butts of body braid pulled back and secured............... Legs: Hot orange/Pearl Sili-Legs 2 strands, doubled............................ Wing: Tan Craft Fur or Shrimp Colored (Pale tan-blonde) Polar Fibre
Pattern Description
The Gotcha is a hugely popular bonefish fly that was originated in the Bahamas. Jim McVay allegedly tied the first Gotcha with some carpet trimmings from a Nassau taxi cab, and caught a bunch of bonefish on the fly in the following days. As many of you know, Ross and I just got back from Andros South Lodge on South Andros Island (duh!) and I tied about 150 bonefish flies in preparation for our trip. Frankly, I hate fishing with "standard" patterns and therefore tied a whole slew of new, shrimpy/crabby looking stuff along with maybe a half dozen Gotchas, just to be safe. I even dressed up the Gotchas with a couple of Sili-legs just to appeal to my "don't throw the same fly as everyone else philosophy" and as it turns out, it is a good thing I did. Andros bonefish seemed to really like the little added shot of color and movement in this fly. The flies we fished down there were tied with medium sized silver bead chain eyes, although I used my supply up on flies for the trip and had to use lead eyes here on the tutorial...probably wouldn't be a bad idea to tie a few with lead eyes anyway. So, here's my version of the ubiquitous Gotcha, in all it's glory. Tie a few up in #4 and #2 and join us in the Bahamas this winter!