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Barracuda Rigging with Irving and O’Keefe

Posted on May 04 2012

Barracuda by Louis Cahill Photography
Toothy - keep wire handy. Photo: Louis Cahill

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Loren Irving was kind enough to pass along this quick way to rig up for barracuda, shown to him by the legendary Brian O’Keefe.

Thanks, Loren!

Loren’s Bonefish/Barracuda Rig

Sometimes when out there on the flats wading, the only rod you have of course is the bonefish rod with the usual mono tippet and bonefish fly. Years ago, after having several ‘cudas close enough to cast but worth only the crash and the loss of the fly because of the light mono leader, I started to make up a little rig and pack it along.

And, it works great. Just take along a cuda fly tied on about 10″ – 12″ of light wire. Tie in a slip knot on the end of the light wire and just put the slip knot on the bend of your bonefish fly, cinch it down and you’re casting with a rig that will land the ‘cuda……and then what? It’s another kind of problem if you don’t have pliers! (And by the way, as these guys at Deneki recommend get the expensive pliers like Ross or Abel).

Just thought I’d share something that works on the flats. I hope it works for you guys, and gals.

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