Christmas Island Bonefish Flies
Custom Bonefish Flies
All Bonefish Flies are Australian made, and tied to order by Darren. Our flies are all tied on premium Gamakatsu LS11-3H, SL11-3H, SL45 & SL12s hooks. These hooks are by far the strongest saltwater hooks for this type of fly fishing. Eyes available include bead chain for shallow water & spooky fish, 1/8" & 5/32" dazel eyes for mid-shin/knee deep water, right up to 3/16" dazel eyes for the deeper water/drop offs & #2 hooks.
The essential Bonefish Fly selection for CI incorporates a number of flies in multiple colours and weights to match the conditions. Expect to loose 6-12 flies a day through bustoffs and wear and tear.
The Untamed Difference.
We coat our Bonefish flies with UV epoxy to increase their durability, and use Finn Raccoon across the range as the winging material. The epoxy is both expensive and time consuming, but it is common for customers to catch 20-40+ fish on the one fly! The Finn Raccoon is a natural material that gives the fly wonderful movement and translucency in the water. We purchase premium fashion grade pelts from Europe and these are extremely expensive, but absolutely worth every cent.
but they ARE the best.
It is important to know that your pliers wreck more flies than Bonefish, so go easy when releasing your fish!
CI is a long way from anywhere, don't make the common mistake of turning up with 2 dozen flies and expect them to last the week. Flies will probably be the cheapest part of your trip, so make sure you have plenty, and that they are tied on quality hooks. It is the fly that the fish eats (or doesn't eat).
Current wait time is approx 3 weeks.
My CI specials are coated in UV epoxy, making them the most durable bonefish flies you can buy.
The Ringburner is my bread and butter pattern for CI, and is an essential addition to any flybox in a range of eye sizes from 1/8" brass, to 3/16.
Ringburners are coated in UV epoxy, and like all my bonefish flies, are the most durable you can buy anywhere.
Christmas Island 5 Doz Box
The 5 doz box includes a FREE waterproof C&F 1644 fly box.
Includes FREE Delivery in OZ or Overseas.
Tied to order.
Below are a couple of EP factory tied flies ideal for throwing at Triggers:
Ultimate CXI GT Fly Box
1 x 6/0 Profile Fly - Grey
1 x 6/0 Profile Fly - Chartreuse
1 x 6/0 Untamed GT Fly
1 x 6/0 Brush Fly - Rootbeer/White
1 x 6/0 Brush Fly - Tan/White
1 x 6/0 Brush Fly - Black
All flies are tied by Chris Beech on 6/0 Gamakatsu SL12s hooks.
The included fly box is a premium C&F CFGS-3500CT
Hatch 5+ Finatic Gen II Fly Reel
We have used this reel with great success in New Zealand chasing big Brown Trout, as well as at Christmas Island chasing Bonefish.
Backing capacity using Hatch Premium Backing:
MA Spool: WF5F-200, WF6F-180, WF7F-160
LA Spool: WF5F-140, WF6F-120, WF7F-100
Hatch 7+ Finatic Gen II Fly Reel
Too many people skimp on the reel for Bonefish and pay the ultimate price - a dead reel with a blown up drag system! The 7+ is the reel that won't let you down.
Backing capacity using Hatch Premium Backing:
MA Spool: WF7F-300, WF8F-275, WF9F-250
LA Spool: WF7F-200, WF8F-175
SA Mastery Bonefish Fly Line
A day of bonefishing will either be the most fun you’ve had with a fly rod or the most frustrating day of your life. Take some of the chance out of the equation with the Mastery Bonefish fly line. Built on a stiff core for tropical conditions, the Bonefish taper features a long, compound head for casting accuracy and delicate deliveries to fish that you’ll swear have a sixth sense.
- Revised taper for delicate deliveries to skittish fish
- Precise presentations in tropical conditions
- Stiff coating and core for enhanced shooting
- Looped on both ends for quick rigging
- Long head for fly control and casting accuracy
- Tropi-Core™ technology for tropical climates
- SA ID – SA MS BF WF X F (X = line weight)
Rio Bonefish tropical fly line
- RIO's bonefish line loads a rod at close range, has a medium length front taper for great turnover, and a long back taper to smooth out the casting loop and keep the line stable on long shots. The line also features AgentX technology which produces a line that floats high, is easy to pick up and ensures the running line stays afloat. A medium stiff core and hard, tropical coating prevents the line from wilting in most tropical conditions.
- Loads rods at close range and stays stable for long casts
- Tropical core with a hard, saltwater coating
- AgentX and XS technologies for the ultimate in performance
- Welded loops on both ends for fast rigging
Scott Tidal Fly Rod
Scott Rods Jim Bartschi explains the performance aspects of the Tidal in a bit more detail, “This rod is designed to make casting and fishing saltwater class rods easier. Fly fishing in saltwater is challenging by its nature—conditions, fish, nerves—and often transitioning up from fly rods most of us use frequently (4,5, and 6 weights) just adds to the challenges. We wanted to make a rod that really drove the line and turned over flies easily, even with less-than-perfect timing or double-hauls.”
Available in weights #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #12 and covered by Scotts lifetime warranty, the Tidal is a true gateway drug into the big, bad world of saltwater fly fishing.
Rio Saltwater Leader
- RIO's saltwater leaders are an excellent general purpose saltwater leader for a multitude of species. The leaders are made of a medium stiff nylon and have a taper design that easily turn over typical saltwater patterns and copes with tough winds. The leader is made of a material that is easy to knot and has great knot strength.
- Medium-stiff material with great knot strength
- Easy casting taper design that casts typical saltwater flies
- Maximum strength and abrasion resistance
- Pre-tied loop
Simms Guide Wet Wading Socks
Spun from quick-drying hydrophobic yarns, Guide Wet Wading Socks are the ultimate tools for hardworking feet exploring cool summer flows or salt flats. Right Angle® arch support enhances ride across variable underwater terrain, while bolstered cushioning and an anti-abrasion build pampers feet. Made in the USA.
· Comfort, cushioning and anti-abrasion performance when wet wading
· Quick drying & hydrophobic yarns
· Right Angle® arch support
FABRIC TECH: 75% polypropylene, 20% nylon, 3% polyester, 2% Lycra®
APPROX. WEIGHT: 3 oz. / pair
SIZES: M-XL (M: 6-9, L: 9-12, XL: 12+)
Clutch Archipelago Fly Rod
What we like about Clutch Archipelago fly rods, apart from their spectacular performance, is that they are all designed with individual tapers. This is why some rod brands only have a particular rod in a series that is the "sweet one", they use the same taper for all the rods in that range.
This is where Clutch have absolutely nailed it. They have designed each rod to specifically perform how you would expect a rod of that weight to perform. The 7wt is built with loads of feel, yet can cast with authority on a windy bonefish flat with ample power to spare. The 10wt is an absolute cannon, incredibly tough, yet is responsive and casts like a 10wt should.
At the core of every Clutch Rod is a blank that has been designed and built with their unique blend of modulus fibers from tip to butt. This creates controlled performance in the flex, speed, and dampening ability of every Clutch blank. The result is a rod that has the ability to cast off the tip as well load deeply when needed, while at the same time having plenty of reserve power for those situations when it’s needed.
Join the growing group of fly fishers who know first hand exactly how good Clutch fly rods really are!
Please contact Darren if you'd like to order a Clutch rod not in stock 0417 558 173
Clutch Warranty Information
Simms SOLARFLEX™ GUIDE GLOVE
From gripping oars to finessing push poles, prepare your hands for plush living inside Simms’ UPF50 SolarFlex™ Guide Glove. Half-finger engineering makes knot tying notably easier, while smooth stretch fabric enhances mobility across the back of hands. In addition, full coverage around the cuffs saves wrists from immersion in the oven. Water resistant goat leather palms bolster slip-free grip. And extended coverage on index and middle fingers makes stripping a cinch, prolonging the life of your dedicated digits.FEATURES
- Highly durable, sun protective glove with UPF50 Solarflex™ stretch fabric on the back of hand, full coverage around cuffs & water resistant goat leather palms
- Extended coverage on index/middle fingers & pairing snaps
FABRIC TECH: Solarflex™ UPF50 stretch fabric; water resistant goat leather
APPROX. WEIGHT: 10 oz
SIZES: S/M, L/XL
Simms SOLARFLEX™ SUNGLOVE
Simms’ SolarFlex™ SunGloves shield hands from a blasting sun with UPF50 stretch fabric in a nimble half-finger design. Lightweight, grip ready gloves feature extended coverage on index and middle fingers for stripping durability, while extended cuffs shutter wrists and come equipped with pairing snaps for easy storage. Now available in Fractal Camo colorway.
- Lightweight, UPF50 sun glove with improved coverage & fit
- Synthetic overlay on the index finger for stripping durability
- Half finger style with extended coverage on index/middle fingers, long length to cover the wrists & pairing snaps for storage
FABRIC TECH: Solarflex™ UPF50 stretch fabric
APPROX. WEIGHT: 10 oz
SIZES: S - XL
Simms Guard Socks - Black
- Improved design allows for easier on/ off
- Anatomically correct left/right stocking feet
- 3.5mm neoprene fills out your wading boots
- Abrasion resistant textured nylon jersey for durability & no-slip
- Molded Boot hook tab
Simms Sun Gaiter™
Simms’ Sun Gaiter™ keeps your skin safe longer thanks to Solarflex™ UPF50 stretch fabric, a longer cape for enhanced neckline coverage, and enough height to fit over the back of your fishing cap.FEATURES
- Quick-dry, breathable stretch fabric with laser cut breathing holes
- Longer cape for better sun coverage at neckline
- Tall enough to fit over back of fishing cap
APPROX. WEIGHT: 1.6 oz
SIZES: One size fits most
Some Customer comments on my flies
"Absolutely terrific. I'm glad I took your advice as well as ordering five dozen. I was the "go to" guy for the entire group as we were all first timers to this location and I was the only one with flies that consistently caught fish. They all know your name now...... We toasted you in the bar on several nights."
Gordon D Hauff
"I was happy as soon as I laid my eyes on my selection bonefish flies tied by Darren, they just looked good. When I got the flies to CXI it turned out the bonefish liked them as much as I did, possibly more. Tied on super strong hooks that didn’t bend on the strong pulling bonefish, I’d recommend them to anybody looking for quality bonefish flies."
"My order from Darren arrived very quickly. When I unpacked the flies, I was very impressed. His eye for proportion and symmetry is very good. The flies were very consistent. His flies are tied with the finest components, and these were the equal of any bonefish flies I have seen anywhere, I think that they are that good! Discussing these flies with Darren , it becomes apparent that he has put a lot of thought and research into the selection and construction of his bonefish flies. I will be ordering more. Thanks Darren."
"I have used MANY different flies on Christmas Island ..the last trip I was there , I used predominantly Darren's flies ...with GREAT success!!....Subtle variations really do make a difference to the hook-up rate ...the rest ...well, up to me!!...I am going again, and WILL be ordering another batch ....Paul"
"I recently received a couple of dozen of these bonefish flies and can say I am very impressed. Darren focused on his favourites including the orange raccoon ring-burner, the George Bush and some varied CI specials. They are incredibly neat flies with fantastic proportions. Darren matches the hook and eye size carefully and it shows. They will surely get eaten. I look forward to taking some snaps of them in bonefish mouths in August."
"Darren ties very good flies in patterns that work. Don't hesitate and buy some!"
"When I opened my fly box full of Darren's flys the CXI Guide's eyes lit up. " Very nice flys" were the comment's from them. It didn't take long for the other fishermen with me to start lining up to raid my fly box ( the American's included). When the boys added their scammed flys to their boxes, they were the first flys the guides reached for because they were guaranteed to catch fish. Yes they are that good!
Thanks for the great flys Darren."