Mangroves and Mangrove Flies

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Mangroves and Mangrove Flies
Red Mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) are broad-leaf, evergreen trees that thrive in the transition zone between the land and sea. They can be of diminutive stature in sparsely scattered populations or inpenetratable thickets of trees ranging to eighty feet in height. They are especially fond of brackish black water areas around fresh water seeps or around river mouths.
Mirror Lure, Yellow/Red Salt Bait, Purple
Bunny Slider Mirror Lure, White/Red Snooker, Blue
  Salt Bait, Chartreuse Snooker, Olive

Mangrove swamps and marshes are rich in aquatic life.  Mangroves are one of the few green plants that can survive with their roots in salt water and their leafs in the air. Their trunks, limbs and foliage resemble that of a rhododendron. However, Rhododendrons always grow in well-drained soil in temperate to alpine rain forests. Mangroves are always found with their roots in tropical salt water.  It is the unique properties of the mangrove root system, which has allowed this botanical family to
exploit an environment, which is hostile to other plants. Although the roots are buried in soil like most other plants, they may be exposed to both water and air. They support the trunk of the tree on a central crown and hold it above the high tide mark.
This may happen in water that is as much as four feet deep. Mangroves colonize by sending out runners that root into the adjacent soil. Soon they form loose under water barriers that at are made from interlaced roots and runners. These barriers are very much like hedge-rows and have lots of burrows and tunnels for critters to live and hide in. This habitat is very much preferred by several species of bait fish , crabs, and shrimp. Mangrove edges and salt water lagoons are also exploited by bonefish, snappers, snook, barracuda, baby tarpon, jack crevalle and permit.
 
The soft currents within a hedge of roots allow sediments to collect. In this way mangroves are continually building dry land. They are the collectors and protectors of the soils that have built the salt-water swamps and mud bottom lagoons that are the principal main land shoreline of many tropical countries. Mangroves are also very instrumental in modifying the forces, which have formed the majority of the Keyes in many shallow water areas. Mangrove edges and salt water lagoons are also exploited by bonefish, snappers, snook, barracuda, baby tarpon, jack crevalle and permit. Each type of these fish will prefer different water depths.

To fish Mangrove Edges successfully you need to keep the boat far enough from the edge so as not to spook your quarry. Then since most of the action happens right at the edge, long casts are the rule. Often a fly that lands in a hole back from the edge is even more effective. Maximum casting accuracy is required to get the best results.  Flies will vary with the specie of fish targeted. Flies that have weed guards can be an asset. Flies used for bonefish or permit need to be very quiet. Flies used for baby tarpon or snook need to make instant disturbance on the retrieve such as sliders, divers and poppers (below).


Bunny Slider, Gray
Popular bait fish color. This is a low floating slider with a monofilament weed guard.  If you desire this fly to float high, soak the spun deer hair head in Water Shed.  This pattern can also be fished completely water-logged.
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30389-1/0 Bunny Slider, Gray 1/0 $2.95

Mirror Lure, Yellow/Red
Popular wounded bait fish color. This is a low floating slider with a monofilament weed guard.  If you desire this fly to float high, soak the spun deer hair head in Water Shed.  This pattern can also be fished completely water-logged.
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01151-1/0 Mirror Lure, Yellow/Red 1/0 $3.95

Mirror Lure, White/Red
Popular wounded bait fish color. This is a low floating slider with a monofilament weed guard.  If you desire this fly to float high, soak the spun deer hair head in Water Shed.  This pattern can also be fished completely water-logged.
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63220-1/0 Mirror Lure, White/Red 1/0 $3.95

Salt Bait, Chartreuse
Unusual but very effective color combination.  This fly is designed to fished as a very low floater.  A proven approach is to cast this fly very close to the mangrove edge.  Then work it very gently so that the long flowing tail breaths like a fish that is suspended just below the surface.
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63400-1/0 Salt Bait, Chartreuse 1/0 $3.95

Salt Bait, Purple
Unusual but very effective color combination.  This fly is designed to fished as a very low floater.  A proven approach is to cast this fly very close to the mangrove edge.  Then work it very gently so that the long flowing tail breaths like a fish that is suspended just below the surface.
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63410-1/0 Salt Bait, Purple 1/0 $3.95

Snooker, Blue
Big eyed bait fish pattern in a fairly weedless configuration.
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99898-1/0 Snooker, Blue 1/0 $3.50

Snooker, Olive
Big eyed bait fish pattern in a fairly weedless configuration.
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99899-1/0 Snooker, Olive 1/0 $3.50

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