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Deadly Pattern For Redfish.
The Redchaser is a
variation on Dan Blantons Whistler. I started tying these in the Spring of 2001. One of the things I find
most rewarding about fly tying is the problem solving aspect of it.
I was met with the challenges of the marsh being particularly muddy.
I needed a fly that would be visible in bad water. I also
wanted a fly that would push water and look like a mouthful to big
fish. Having already come to the conclusion that the mouth of
redfish is on the bottom of their head for a reason (they feed down)
I knew I wanted a fly with a little weight that would settle on the
bottom. Combining these attributes, plus a desire to always
have the fly ride hook up, and be fairly weedless, the Redchaser
version of the Whistler was
born. Tied in the style of Dan Blanton's Whistler, this fly
substitutes frayed mylar for the bucktail traditionally used, and
has the addition of a build up of epoxy in front of the eye's to
help it slip through the weeds more easily. In addition, this fly
uses lead eyes in place of the bead chain more traditionally seen on
Whistlers. After first tying this variation it took me a long time
to actually get a fish to refuse it. It produced aggressive strikes in many varied conditions. The
Redchaser Whistler is now my go
to redfish fly. I hope it catches as many
fish for you as it has for me.
Eagle Claw EC413 60 degree jig hook,
or Mustad 34007 with eye bent 60
size 2 or 4
Thread - Red Flat
Small dumbbell or hourglass eyes
- Prismatic Gold Braided polyester
piping (pictured) available in sewing
dept. of Hobby Lobby. Or gold mylar
- 2 Wraps of red chenille
- 2 red saltwater neck hackles,
using Mustad 34007, place eye of hook in
and bend toward point at about 60
to resemble a jig hook.
in dumbbell or hourglass eyes on top of
60 degree bend.
Tie in a tail of gold mylar or prismatic
size, tie 2 or 3 peices of
equal length. When tying
in piping begin
Fray piping to form tail.
Tie in end of chenille in where mylar is tied
in, make 2 or 3
wraps and tie off front end.
Tie in 2 red saltwater hackles and palmer
just behind eyes.
Apply 5 minute epoxy from dumbbell or
hourglass eyes to