The Fly was described in Flies, Ties, & Techniques: A Practical Guide To Tying 50
Irresistible Flies by Charles Jardine (ISBN-10: 0-7641-3906-1) which I recommend for fly
Gil's Bonefish Giant from Gil Padovani
Hook: Mustad 34007 #4 or #6
Thread: Flat Red or Dark Pink
Eyes: Bead Chain or Barbells
Tail: 6-8 Strands of Yellow Flash
Body: Red Vinyl
Top Wing*: White Calf Tail
Bottom Wing*: Yellow Calf Tail
When tying this fly, keep in mind that the yellow flash tail is one half of the hook shank
long and the head is not quite as big as that of a Pink Puff but it is larger than most
other bonefish flies. (Such as Crazy Charlies or a Gotchas).
This fly is a mish-mash of various things:
It uses the colors (white, Yellow and red) of Gian’s Moosehead Belle.
The shape of the head is almost like that of the mini-puff, (one of my favorite
The rest of the body is kind of a Crazy Charlie/Gotcha combination.
*Although the photo shows yellow calf tail on top and white calf tail on the bottom, the
reverse is actually true since this fly swims upside down.