Redfish flies are popular in the countries whose water bodies harbor species of red fish. This fly is popular for it mimics the shrimp, baitfish and crabs that form a delicious diet for redfish. The patterns of the flies are designed to fool the redfish for a successful catch during a fishing expedition. However, it is advisable to know the possible favorite diet for the fish in the specific season that you want to fish. This helps in selecting the best pattern likely to attract the aggressive redfish.
Materials for making a Redfish fly (full list popular materials)
In order to come up with a complete redfish fly, it is important to have the following materials at hand.
- Flash- A gold flash is preferred though a copper Krystal one can serve the same purpose.
- Thread- Obtain an orange nylon thread for tying the different parts of the fly.
- Tail- Grizzly hackles are ideal for making the tail.
- Head- An orange ice chenille medium in size will be essential for the head.
- Body- Palmered grizzly hackles are ideal materials for making the body of the fly. Three of them will be enough for a single fly.
- Hook- A mustard hook series 34007 sizes 2.1, 1/0 is ideal for catching all sizes of redfish.
- Weed guard- A mono V weed guard is required for making a complete fly.
- Thread protection- 25lb mono snelled thread protection is necessary though not essential.
How to tie Redfish flies
Tying redfish flies is a simple procedure that you can carry out following the steps below.
Step 1. Tie in the tail of the fly. In order to develop the tail, get the hook and fix it in a vise or a pair of flat pliers that holds it firmly in place. Then, select the grizzly hackles and fasten them on the hook shank just before the curve bend. Two grizzly hackles will be enough for the tail as more hackles are likely to make the fly unnecessarily bulky. Apply the tying thread to hold the hackles firmly on the hook shank by making fine wraps with the thread. Get 6-8 springs of gold Krystal flash and wrap them on the top of the thread wraps over the tips of the hackle. Remember that you can make use of copper Krystal flash in case the gold one is not available.
Step 2. Now, select a large grizzly hackle and arrange the tips neatly. Tie the bunch of hackle just in front of the tail making tight wraps using the tying thread. Ensure that the hackle you have just tied in is palmered with the palmer being angled towards the tail. In order to palmer the hackle successfully, hold the feathers and pull back making the quills to face away from the eye of the hook.
Step 3. Add other three hackles to build up the palmered ones made in step 2. In this case, grab about three grizzly hackles and tie their tips immediately after the previous ones. Run the thread around, binding them on the shank of the hook. Just as you did in step 2 above, palmer the hackles to face towards the tail.
Step 4. In this stage, you will be developing the head of the fly. Therefore, get your ice chenille and tie it next to the eye of the hook. Ensure that ice chenille is orange in color to match the intended imitation. Chenille should palmer towards the eye of the hook. Tie the chenille using the thread by making fine wraps. Do not over pile the thread as this may lead to undesirable effects later.
Step 5. After you have fixed all parts of the fly in place, it is time to give your fly a final touch. Use a pair of scissors to trim off all the excess materials. Then, use a few drops of varnish, glue or wax to reinforce the thread used for tying the parts.
Best redfish flies
Redfish flies are available in different patterns that are made distinct by color and the redfish prey they imitate. Here are top ten favorite redfish flies available both in the local and online market.
This fly pattern is ideal for fishing during the warm season. It mimics finger mullet flies that are common during the warm seasons hence being a perfect attraction for the redfish. This fly has a large head and a buck tail mostly made using kinky fiber or any other hackle depending on the availability. The fly is available in the online market at a price that ranges between $3 and $4. See related fly: Muddler Minnow fly.
This fly is designed with a big head made using a bunch of deer hair. It is highly successful on catching redfish and other related species. The one designed with black or dark brown color is great on muddy water fishing. The cost of this fly varies depending on the provider with its price ranging between $3 and $6.
Kwan fly pattern provides the best fishing results during the winter season when the water is clear and calm. The fly imitates a small fly that attracts the redfish leading to a successful catch. The fly costs about $2-$3 with the price variation depending on the provider.
Kung Fu crab
The crab is the go to fly pattern during the flood tide especially if fishing on big swollen rivers. It is designed with a powerful weed guard and body formation that mimic a crab trying to open its claws. This fly costs about $2-$3 in the online market.
Electric chicken pattern
The fly is designed using materials like ice chenille and flash. The fly is good for fishing during all tides and seasons. It comes in varying colors hence one can choose the fly that suits the color of the water. The cost per piece costs $2.50-$3.95.
This fly is a perfect imitation of shrimp fly, designed to make a redfish catch in all water tides and temperatures. It is versatile with a good weed guard and available in different colors. It is available in the online market at cost of $3-$4.
This fly is designed not only for redfish catch but also for trout. It is versatile working well in salty water and on all water tides. It is available online at a cost of $2.75-$3.50.
Craw-shrimp is a multipurpose deadly fly for redfish. It sinks gradually into the water without being buried into the bottom. It mimics crawling bait as it sinks into the water with head first hence tricking the fish. It costs between $3 and $4 in the online market.
Doc Hall’s tailing shrimp
This is one of the most versatile redfish fly patterns. The fly is developed using grizzly wing to imitate a shrimp fly. This fly costs about $3 in the internet market.
This is one of the baitfish fly patterns that have proved to be successful in its fishing role. It targets redfish as it cruises high through the water. It is available in the online market at a cost of $3-$4.
Redfish fly fishing
Redfish fly fishing is successful in all seasons and water tides. Here are some fly fishing tips;
Muddy water fishing
It can be tricky to fish in muddy water especially in the rivers during rainy seasons. The success here depends entirely on the choice of the color of the fly. Choosing a fly with dark colors such as black and dark brown is highly recommended.
Fishing on flood tide
Food tide may occur when the water levels are relatively high or when the waters are perturbed. In this case, let your redfish fly sink into the water in a diving manner with the head first. This creates a perfect imitation of a creeping insect into the water hence fooling the fish.