the original recipe….published in Fly Fishing in SaltWaters…this pattern was developed after my friend Zino told me about the large bonefish in Hawaii that were feeding on lizardfish. He needed a fly that would imitate them. I went to work on the vice and after talking back and forth, I came up with this pattern called the “the thin lizzy” named after one of my favorite bands, LOL. It was intended to freeze on the flat once cast and let drop in the hopes the bonefish would discover the fly.
here’s the thin lizzy in action, note the proper weighting system that allows this fly to do a head stand and remain motionless as long as theres’s not too much current …video by Zino Nakasuji.
a nice Hawaiian bonefish landed on a Qs thin lizzy, photographed by my friend and fellow angler Zino Nakasuji
weedless and beefed up version for calicos, redfish and other species…photo and tied by by al quattrocchi
The Hawaiian Syndicate: from left: Roy Fukushima, Zino Nagasuji, Al Quattrocchi & Peter “o’io” Koga at Marriotts Fly Shop in Fullerton, California.
the new Q “Mikey Mantis” fly in a long and short versions. Soon to be tested on those finicky monster bonefish. ©2013 photo by Al Q.
thanks for those who showed up to see Zino’s great “big bonefish” presentation at Marriotts yesterday at 12:30pm. we had a nice turnout and Zino covered a lot of great information. my favorite part of his presentation was the underwater footage of some of the flies Zino likes to use for the solitary big double digit bonefish that lurk the flats of Hawaii. the thin lizzy was unreal, underwater…we even came up with another pattern based on some of Zino’s feedback which has been entitled the micky mantis. it is really easy to tie and the addition of silly legs as a wing will give this fly some extra movement without stripping the fly, a key element in enticing larger fish. stay tuned for the micky mantis…