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December 18, 2012

Tie the Borski Slider

A shrimpy-profile bonefish pattern yields results on a variety of other species as well.

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The saying “Some flies catch fish and some flies catch fishermen” definitely holds a certain amount of truth. Some flies are simply more enticing to the potential buyer than they are to the fish they were intended to catch. Tim Borski’s Borski Slider is an exception that looks good and fishes even better. The first time I saw this pattern, I was a novice fly-angler, and even though I knew very little at the time about what worked and what didn’t, this pattern spoke to me. It just had this buggy look that made it look like food. 

Getting It Right

Because I was completely broke, any flies I put in my box had to be created at my vise, and I struggled in a big way getting the hang of it. I wish I knew how many patches of body hair and pelts of craft fur I went through in order to get it right, but eventually I did, and when I did, the results made all the time and effort well worth it. 

Though the Borski Slider (slightly different than pictured) was originally designed to catch trophy bonefish in the Florida Keys, I quickly found that this fly was an absolute must-have for sight-fishing opportunities farther north for species such as redfish and trout. It was on the flats of St. Petersburg, Florida, where I first witnessed how effective a properly presented slider could be. In fact, the first redfish I ever cast this fly to ate it with a vengeance. The dancing action provided by the craft fur tail in combination with the breathing qualities of the hackle collar allows the fly to move with very little angler interaction. Another beautiful aspect of the Borski Slider has to do with the deer hair head. Flies with dumbbell eyes don’t always land as softly as those with bead chain or those without eyes at all; however, I feel that the deer hair head cushions the slider’s entry into the water. It also slows the sink rate of the fly, which can be advantageous in skinny-water sight-fishing scenarios.