Time: 5-10 minutes
Imitates: shrimp, ambiguous/something tasty
Target species: bonefish
Where to fish: flats
Notes: Use beadchain or plastic eyes for tailing fish
Materials from this video:
About the fly:
When it comes to flies for bonefish and permit, Biscayne Bay guide Capt. Dave Saddler likes simple and effective. With those guidelines in mind, he came up with the Sad Flea and has great success with the fly due to how naturally it lands.
The Sad Flea hits the water softly and sits on the bottom with the tail end looking up at the fish, much like a crab or shrimp in a defensive position. The weed guard will then keep the fly snag-free as it (unsuccessfully) attempts to flee.
The Sad Flea helped angler Brower Moffit achieve victory at the 2009 Superfly S.L.A.M.