Foxy Gotcha, from Gil Padovani
Thread: Tan 3/0
Eyes: Gold Dumbbells or Bead Chain
Tail: Gold Flashabou
Body: Gold Bill's Body Braid
Wing: Gold Krystal Flash topped with
Red Fox Body Fur
Tie in dumbbell eyes (or bead chain).
Tie in clump of Flashabou for the tail.
Tie in body braid behind the eyes, wrap to tail and back to tie-in point.
Reverse hook in vise then tie folded Krystal Flash before the eyes and then make
a few wraps of thread for the wingbase.
Cut clump of fox fur close to skin. Remove dark undercoat, but leave some for
the body to hold wing together.
Pluck long guard hairs to even tips. Tie in fox in front of Krystal Flash and whip
Prior to my going on a bonefish trip to the Caribbeans, Lee was kind enough to tie me
four "Lee's Foxy Gotchas". I kept one and gave the others to three guys in my group. I
asked them to test the pattern for me and give me a report on how the fly performed.
(Unfortunately none of them kept accurate records and tried different flies, however
they told me they did well with it.)
As for me, I started off with the Foxy Gotcha. It caught 17 bonefish which was the high
for the day.
I started the second day with the Foxy Gotcha, but unfortunately, the 6th fish of the day
swallowed the fly kind of deep so, I felt it would be better to leave the fly in the fish's
gut. At that point, I had no more Foxy Gotchas and wished I had never given the other 3
away. All in all it's a hell of a fly.