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How to Tie: Giacobba’s Doofus

Difficulty: easy

35% difficulty

Time: 5-10 minutes

25% timely

Cost: average

average cost
About these metrics

Imitates: shrimp, ambiguous/something tasty

Target species: tarpon, snook, seatrout

Where to fish: backcountry

Notes: The hackle feelers are a nice touch, but not necessary

Save 10% on materials with the kit:

Mark Giacobba Dofus Materials Kit
Giacobba's Doofus Materials Kit
Orangutan/Chart #1/0
$46.96 4 in stock

About the fly:

If you had one fly for backcountry snook and tarpon (big and small) – Giacobba’s Doofus would be a good choice.

The contrast of natural and bright between the chartreuse and brown coloration makes this fly easily visible in cloudy water and low-light, while also keeping it inoffensive in clearer water on brighter days. We like all the movement from the Extra-Select Craft Fur tail.

The balance between buoyancy of all the materials tied on top and sink-rate of the extra-large Bead Chain eyes allows you to fish this bug effectively in both shallow and deep water.

Use a brown marker to bar the tail.

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