The Gotcha was developed by Jim McVay. Some say this is one of the greatest Bonefish Patterns ever developed. The Gotcha is an excellent pattern for targeting estuary species such as bream, whiting and flathead. Also considered to be one of the world’s premier bonefish flies.

One bonefish fly that seems to work almost everywhere I go is a simple craft fur and braid creation called the Gotcha. The story goes that when Ted McVay and his son Jim were staying at the Andros Island Bonefish Club, Jim snipped some yellow carpet fibers from the floor of a taxi and used them to tie a new fly. Every time a fish hit the fly, guide Rupert Leadon would say, “Gotcha.” The rest is history.

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