Skip to main content

Shallow Water Bonefish

Shallow Water Bonefish

When the tide just starts to flood the flat, bonefish can be found pushing up on the flat in super shallow water looking for little critters still left over from foraging on the prior low. This photo gives you a great prospective of what the bonefish sees from under the water. Here are some tips that you can remember when fishing these super shallow water fish.

· Make sure to give shallow water bonefish a good lead so your fly hitting the water doesn't spook them.

· Strip slowly — the shallower the water the less distance the fish can see. This makes the fish have to get close to the fly in order to see it. What seems like a slow strip to us seems really fast to the bones in such shallow water. Slower strips will seem less invasive and more intriguing and will increase odds of hook ups.

· Remember the shallower the water the more patient you will need to be when waiting for the fish to close in on your presented fly. If you strip to early the fly might not be close enough for the bone to see. Remember they can't see very far in shallow water depth. Wait till you are certain the fly is near the fish to insure a definite intercept point.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Popular Videos

Problem Child Fly

Problem Child Fly

In this demonstration we see how the Problem Child Fly is made.

Tying the Double Barrel Popper

Tying the Double Barrel Popper

All these tricks can be put to use on poppers or sliders for anything with fins, from panfish to billfish.

Hobie Mirage iTrek 9 Ultralight Inflatable Kayak - TESTED!

Hobie Mirage iTrek 9 Ultralight Inflatable Kayak - TESTED!

If looking for the ultimate kayak that's both portable and lightweight, then consider a quality inflatable like the Hobie Mirage iTrek 9 Ultralight.

See All Videos

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Fly Fisherman App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Fly Fisherman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Fly Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now