It was December 2011, and I was about to have my mind blown by the aquarium that was Farquhar. The sheer abundance of Bonefish was something I could never be prepared for. I’d only caught tiny bones in deep water before, and flats fishing for them was something I’d dreamed about for well over a decade at that point.
Although it seemed like these bones would eat anything that even resembled a crustacean presented at their depth (we even played the “can you strip through the shoal without a take” game), there was one particular fly that couldn’t even touch the sand without being eaten. And I didnt have any. Jean and Francois Malherbe did. It was a Petersons Spawning Shrimp. I’d brought along some flies of similar design, but the original was the recipe that worked best. I returned home knowing that I’d never set foot in a bonefish fishery without them again.
In those days there were a few decent SBS’s around on various forums, which all seem to have vanished. Here it is again:
Shot on Fuji XT-2 with kit lens (not the best choice of lens)
Vice: J-Vice with Hattori Hanzo Steel jaw