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The "Gotcha Orange" is a variation of the classic Gotcha fly pattern, renowned in saltwater fly fishing, particularly for targeting bonefish. This fly stands out due to its bright orange coloration, making it highly visible in various water conditions, including murky or cloudy waters. The body is crafted from orange synthetic sparkle dubbing, which offer a shimmering effect, while the tail is made from white and clear fibers to mimic a shrimp's movement. The fly is characterized by its prominent weighted eyes, made from bead chain, enhancing its sink rate and realistic appearance.
The Gotcha Orange is most effective in shallow, clear waters, such as flats and backcountry areas, ideal for sight fishing. The bright orange color proves advantageous on overcast days or in less clear waters, aiding in attracting the attention of fish like bonefish. Anglers should use a slow, steady retrieve, imitating the natural movement of shrimp or small baitfish. This method of retrieval, combined with the fly's design and coloration, makes it a powerful tool for enticing bonefish and other flats species, especially in conditions where visibility is a key factor.