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Redchaser Whistler

 

 

 

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A Deadly Pattern For Redfish.

 

Redchaser Whistler

 

 

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.
 

 

Materials:

 

Hook -   Eagle Claw EC413 60 degree jig hook,

                   or Mustad 34007 with eye bent 60

             toward point, size 2 or 4               

 

Thread - Red Flat Waxed Nylon

 

Eyes -    Small dumbbell or hourglass eyes

 

Tail -     Prismatic Gold Braided polyester

            piping (pictured) available in sewing

            dept. of Hobby Lobby.  Or gold mylar

            piping

 

Body - 2 Wraps of red chenille

 

Hackle - 2 red saltwater neck hackles,

           

 

Head -  5 minute epoxy

 

Instructions:

 

1. Sharpen hook

 

2. If using Mustad 34007, place eye of hook in

 vice, and bend toward point at about 60

 degrees to resemble a jig hook. 

 

3. Tie in dumbbell or hourglass eyes on top of

 hook right behind 60 degree bend.

 

4. Tie in a tail of gold mylar or prismatic

 polyester piping. 

 small/narrow size, tie 2 or 3 peices of

     equal length.  When tying in piping begin

 less than 1/2

 

5.  Fray piping to form tail. 

 

6.  Tie in end of chenille in where mylar is tied

    in, make 2 or 3 wraps and tie off front end.

 

7.  Tie in 2 red saltwater hackles and palmer

 to just behind eyes.

 

8.  Apply 5 minute epoxy from dumbbell or

        hourglass eyes to

 rotate to dry.

 

 
 

 

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