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mrfzx 02-05-2010 08:29 AM

Spoonflies for Redfish
I've been working on perfecting a larger pattern of spoon fly for Redfish. They seem to want to spin on me...obviously undesirable. The style I am concentrating on is epoxy based. I've tried the mylar bodied flies, and they were okay...but too small in my opinion. I caught fish on them, 2-3 pounders, but when I fish with bigger flies I catch bigger fish....go figure.;) I am working with a 2/0 hook, which makes the completed fly about 3 inches long with the tail. Any suggestions to fix the spinning? Or should I just use a swivel?

dsmithla 02-05-2010 11:55 AM

Re: Spoonflies for Redfish
Have you tried, or are you using, dumbell eyes like a clouser? I've seen spoons with them both at the eye of the hook and at the bend. I've also seen a bit of lead tied on the back of the hook to serve as a keel.

mrfzx 02-08-2010 08:27 AM

Re: Spoonflies for Redfish
Yeah, I've made them up both ways. They get VERY heavy with the eyes, and it makes them tough to cast. I tied a few with aluminum hourglass style eyes. They seem to work in the bath tub, and are much lighter than the brass or lead eyes. I tie them in at the rear of the spoon. Over the weekend here we were all but snowed in, so I had lots of time to play. I found that the tail material makes all the difference in the world. Too stiff of material can either help or hinder, but its very tricky to control. Nice soft material, like flashabou, and crystal flash, seems to work the best.

Montcopo 02-27-2010 08:08 AM

Re: Spoonflies for Redfish
Mrfzx, I fish regularly in Louisiana for redfish with spoonflies. By far , the best I have ever used are those made by Rich Waldner (Fish with His epoxy spoons are available in many places, but I usually buy mine at Uptown Angler in New Orleans. Check their website for info. There are places on the web that show how to make them, too.

rjackh 03-29-2010 11:23 AM

Re: Spoonflies for Redfish
i use the spoon fly templates from creative feathers fly shop, i have never noticed them spin

mrfzx 03-30-2010 08:59 AM

Re: Spoonflies for Redfish
I have read about the templates. I will have to buy some and try them. Since the last, I have solved the spinning problem. I have managed to make a spoonfly out of a 2/0 hook that really looks good in the water. I can't wait to try them out.

Frank Whiton 03-30-2010 09:27 AM

Re: Spoonflies for Redfish
Hi mrfzx,

Have you tried Jumbo Mylar Tubing from Feather-Craft? Here is the Feather-Craft description.

"NOTICE: JUMBO MYLAR TUBING Large enough to slip over BIG saltwater poppers. MOST IMPORTANT: This is the size necessary for making the GULF COAST REDFISH SPOONS. Most popular with our redfish guides 3-miles from downtown NEW ORLEANS (call). JUMBO MYLAR TUBING in COLORS: (1)Pearl, (2)Gold, (3)Silvertone, (4)Greentone, (5)Coppertone. 18" PAK (Jumbo Gold is no longer available)"

It is too bad the Gold is no longer available. I don't know if it is big enough for a size 2/0 hook.


Feather-Craft Jumbo Mylar Tubing

mrfzx 03-31-2010 08:55 AM

Re: Spoonflies for Redfish
Thanks Frank...I will order some. I fish out of Venice Marina. I try and get there two weeks out of the year, but my schedule is packed. I do have a week scheduled for mid July. Unfortunately as a teacher, I have to do all my long-stay trips between June and September. I can't wait stick a few big Reds again, and some Trout too!

rjackh 05-18-2010 12:31 AM

Re: Spoonflies for Redfish
i use the creative feathers fly shops stencils. i tie them exactly as pictured with lamp pull chain eyes and they do just fine for me. coat them in sallys and theyre good to go. havent had a chance to catch any redfish on them yet though

Frank Whiton 05-18-2010 07:52 AM

Re: Spoonflies for Redfish
Hi Everyone,

Here is a picture of the spoon fly that rfackh mentioned. A nice looking fly from Creative Feathers Fly Shop.


Creative Feathers Fly Shop, Spoon Fly

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