A school of Gotcha flies by Dennis Gamboa :: Inspired Spaces

School of Gotchas © Dennis Gamboa

'Trigger Fish on Crab Fly' by Dennis Gamboa :: Inspired Spaces

Triggerfish

GOTCHA ~ DESIGNED BY JIM McVAY ~ is like the Hare’s Ear Nymph of saltwater, it’s one of those flies you can fish all over the world. This shrimp imitation is a classic fly that’s found in any warm water fly angler’s arsenal of flies. Along with the Crazy Charlie, this was one of my first bonefish patterns I learned to tie commercially.

It was like tying chironominds here in British Columbia… you’ve tied them in hundreds or thousands, in several sizes and several colours. I can honestly say, I’ve tied more than my fair share of Gotchas.

Every year I tie several hundred of the classic Gotcha, along with new versions that emerge through creative process of tying or inspired by other tyers. I have seen this fly evolve on so many levels, adapted in so many ways that it still amazes me when I redress it or see a new version of it. With the modern age and a fast growing need to make new flies for pressured fish… new and synthetic materials played an important role in the evolution of the Gotcha. Gone are the rustic beadchain and kinky diamond braid, say hello to hourglass eyes with double pupils, high quality flatbraid and saltwater tinsels. The last few years I have seen an increase in production of hourglass eyes produced in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours.

Gotcha Pattern Dressings…

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CXI Gotcha ~ redress by Dennis Gamboa'CXI Gotcha' by Dennis Gamboa :: Inspired Spaces

  • Hook: 2 – 8 Partridge Sea Prince or saltwater equivalent
  • Thread: Danvilles 6/0 orange or Ultra 70 thread
  • Tail: Flat pearl diamond braid or color to suite
  • Body: Lagartun flatbraid/pearl or pink
  • Eyes: Double pupil dumbbell eyes, gold hourglass or bead chain
  • Wing: Tan or yellow Krystal flash under tan craft fur, pseudo hair or Ep fibre
  • Legs: Nymph barred silly legs or crusher legs – colour to suit (optional)

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Spawning Gotcha ~ by Dennis Gamboa'Spawning Gotcha' by Dennis Gamboa :: Inspired Spaces

  • Hook: 6 – 10 Partridge Sea Prince or saltwater equivalent
  • Thread: Danvilles 6/0 white or Ultra 70 thread
  • Tail: DNA pearl flash or flashabou
  • Body: Fire orange micro braid (butt) pearl micro braid for body
  • Eyes: Double pupil dumbbell eyes, gold hourglass or bead chain
  • Wing: Pearl Krystal flash under tan polar/white Ep fibre
  • Legs: Nymph barred silly legs or new the crusher legs – colour to suit (optional)

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Lagartun Gotcha ~ design by Dennis Gamboa'Lagartun Gotcha' by Dennis Gamboa :: Inspired Spaces

  • Hook: 2 – 8 Partridge Sea Prince or saltwater equivalent
  • Thread: Danvilles 6/0 orange or Ultra 70 thread
  • Tail: Flat pearl diamond braid
  • Body: Lagartun flatbraid/pearl or pink
  • Eyes: Double pupil dumbbell eyes/fire orange with black pupils
  • Wing: Tan Krystal flash under beige polar fibre-barred with brown marker
  • Legs: Pearl silly legs with orange tips

Designed in 2015, a nice productive pattern in small sizes for various saltwater locations.

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Gotcha Clones'Gotcha Clones' by Dennis Gamboa :: Inspired Spaces

  • Hook: 2 – 8 Partridge Sea Prince or saltwater equivalent
  • Thread: Danvilles 6/0 tan or Ultra 70 thread
  • Tail: Flat pearl/diamond braid or DNA pearl flash
  • Body: Lagartun flatbraid/pearl, tan, pink or root beer
  • Eyes: Silver or gold hour glass eyes
  • Wing: Tan Krystal flash under tan craft fur or sand select fur
  • Legs: Chicone’s Crusher legs/micro-clear/brown

I first started tying these in 2015. When the first barred Tan Sili legs came out in the early fall. Designed for shy or pressured bones a very productive pattern for me during a Christmas Island trip in 2016. It has now been upgrade with the new Crusher Legs.

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Gotcha Classic'Gotcha Classic' by Dennis Gamboa :: Inspired Spaces

  • Hook: 2 – 8 Partridge Sea Prince or saltwater equivalent
  • Thread: Danvilles 6/0 orange or Ultra 70 thread
  • Tail: small pearl tubing
  • Body: pink diamond braid
  • Eyes: silver gold hourglass or bead chain
  • Wing: Tan or yellow Krystal flash under tan or blonde craft fur

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