Trigger Tails

Queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula) may not be as glamorous as the “big three” flats species—bonefish, tarpon, and permit—but they are a challenging, worthy quarry for fly fishers. Triggers often tail like permit and will eat a well-placed bonefish fly. They can be just as picky as other flats game fish, and their hard mouths make them difficult to hook. The sight of fins and tails wagging above the surface is enough to get any flats-angler’s pulse going.

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