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Better Mono Eyes

Posted on December 30 2013

Better Mono Eyes
Tasty! All photos by Kyle Shea.

Adding mono eyes to your bonefish flies is a simple way to increase the realism of your patterns. Mono eyes are very simple to make and offer a good imitation of the beady eyes of most shrimp.

Sure, we could debate on whether the fish notice such details or not, but it sure doesn’t seem to hurt! If you want to give a little more life to your bonefish flies, try incorporating some mono eyes into your patterns.

Most often, mono eyes are made by melting the ends of monofilament into a ball and then coloring with permanent marker. However, our General Manager Mike Sanders has put in a lot of time at the vise and uses a slightly different method on his bonefish flies that is quick, easy, and super tasty looking once added to a fly.

Check out how he does it.

Materials

  • 25 lb. Monofilament line
  • Small glass beads (found at any craft store)
  • Urethane glue
  • Black permanent marker
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Step 1

Step 1

Cut a strand of monofilament a few inches long, fold in half, and crease in the middle. Slide a glass bead onto each end of the mono line.

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Step 2

Step 2

Using a lighter, melt each end of the mono into a ball large enough to prevent the glass beads from sliding off the end.

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Step 3

Step 3

With a permanent marker, color the end of the melted mono (this will be the pupil of the eye) and slide the glass beads down to each end of the mono.

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Step 4

Step 4

Add a drop of urethane glue into the back end opening of each glass bead and let dry.

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Step 5 – all done!

Step 5

Tie into your favorite bonefish pattern!

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