Straw Boss

This backcountry baitfish fly is ideal for fooling fish in the mangroves.


This subsurface bucktail pattern was originally designed for bass in the lakes of southern Florida, but was quickly co-opted for chasing tarpon, snook, and redfish. Fly casting instructor Joe Mahler set out to tie a pattern that would offer the action of a wounded minnow and a reasonable sink rate, and succeeded on both counts with this baitfish imitation. The Straw Boss it at its best when fished slowly, and strikes often occur when the fly is dropping in a lazy, back-and-forth tilting motion caused by the winged design. When stripped heartily, it displaces an impressive amount of water, reminiscent of a swimming frog or finger mullet.
Size 2. Length 3½".

Joe Mahler has spent his life fishing for "anything with a tug" and teaching others to do the same. He has written several fly-fishing and knot books, and is a regular contributor to a variety of publications.

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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 3 reviews


3 of 3 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Very Versatile Fly - 9/27/2015
    By: from Virginia

    A very versatile fly. Used it to target both snook, speckled trout, and even redfish in the Tampa Bay area.

  • 5/5

    From Indiana to Kamchatka - 1/24/2014
    By: from Zionsville, IN

    I got my hands on a few of these as trial. I fished the fly on home waters Indiana streams and caught good numbers of Smallmouth. Took the Strawboss to Kamchatka RU and it became the star understudy when the mouse slowed. Works there. Works here.

  • 5/5

    "One of the few" - 1/3/2014
    By: from Florida

    This fly has been and will continue to be one of the best in the box. Not just saltwater but freshwater as well. Makes you feel sorry for the fish.

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