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    Default redfish fly patterns

    What flies do you guys find most effective when going after reds? Particular on flood tide marshes/grass

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    I wish someone would answer the question, I'm curious, too...

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    Default Re: redfish fly patterns

    After 40 years of trying (very limited trying) I finally hooked & landed 2 Redfish last year. I hooked up with 1 more, but it broke me off. One was on a Bendback pattern I had tied. The other on a Grassett's Deep Flats Bunny in tan. All on a shallow grass flat sight casting to them in 10" to 14" of water!



    Salt Water Fly Patterns / Grassett's Deep Flats Bunny -- Orvis

    Redfish, like any other fish can be picky, but generally I don't think they are. Many patterns will work, if you can get the fly where they can see it without spooking them! Last year I saw plenty of fish, made plenty of casts & spooked plenty of them too!

    BTW, there's a story on my blog about my Redfish trip last year if you would like the details!
    Remember, no one likes to be behind the big truck, but that's better than being under it!

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    I just picked up a Redfish rig and am curious also... Anyone? What is you "go to"?

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    Default Re: redfish fly patterns

    I have caught a bunch of Reds in Corpus and Galveston. My go to patterns were very simple, brown and orange bead chained Clousers with gold flash on size 2-4 hooks. I would also tie them weightless for the real skinny water. When the Reds are in the skinny, they are looking for shrimp. A small Clouser about 3-4" long mimics shrimp very well. While brown/orange/gold was my favorite, I also faired well with chartreuse/white and pink/white. Reds really aren't that difficult to catch but they are pretty easy to spook in shallow water. If you see them in small groups, don't line them. Cast to the ones in the back or lead the one in front by a fair bit and hope they don't change headings on you. Strip slow, they will find you.

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    Thanks Grouch. I will be fishing primarily in Rockport. Will give it my first attempt this weekend if the weather is right.


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    Default Re: redfish fly patterns

    You can not beat a. Clouser for reds, or pretty much anything else that swims. A rabbit tail version wokrks as well as do crab patterns. But that might be a Florida thing. In Tx. you are probably better off with shrimp and minnow patterns.

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    Default Re: redfish fly patterns

    Quote Originally Posted by fq13 View Post
    You can not beat a. Clouser for reds, or pretty much anything else that swims. A rabbit tail version wokrks as well as do crab patterns. But that might be a Florida thing. In Tx. you are probably better off with shrimp and minnow patterns.
    I forgot to mention the blossom. It is an old pattern and a classic for a reason. Take a 1\0 long shanked hook and tie a bit of flashabou, like four strands to the tail. Then wrap in two grizzley hen hacles to emulate a shrimp tail. Ahead of that wrap the shank in fine earth worm or grey fine chenille and top it off with heavy dumbell eyes tied clouser style so the hook rides point up.Bounce that sucker off the bottom in a slow jigging motion and you are golden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fq13 View Post
    You can not beat a. Clouser for reds, or pretty much anything else that swims. A rabbit tail version wokrks as well as do crab patterns. But that might be a Florida thing. In Tx. you are probably better off with shrimp and minnow patterns.
    I forgot to mention the blossom. It is an old pattern and a classic for a reason. Take a 1\0 long shanked hook and tie a bit of flashabou, like four strands to the tail. Then wrap in two grizzley hen hacles to emulate a shrimp tail. Ahead of that wrap the shank in fine earth worm or grey fine chenille and top it off with heavy dumbell eyes tied clouser style so the hook rides point up.Bounce that sucker off the bottom in a slow jigging motion and you are golden.

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    Default Re: redfish fly patterns

    I seem to remember the ole Blossom SW fly was a big bunch of marabou tied at the tail and then a simple body of chenille and a large thread head with painted eyes. A very simple fly. We did not have all the flash options back then but some flash added to the tail would be good. Just a thought from an old fart. I should add that it was tied in many colors, white, black, yellow, red, blue, tan , brown,

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    Default Re: redfish fly patterns

    I seem to remember the ole Blossom SW fly was a big bunch of marabou tied at the tail and then a simple body of chenille and a large thread head with painted eyes. A very simple fly. We did not have all the flash options back then but some flash added to the tail would be good. Just a thought from an old fart. I should add that it was tied in many colors, white, black, yellow, red, blue, tan , brown,
    Same here! Attributed to Mark Sosin as the originator. Don't see them mentioned much these days, but are indeed a very productive yet basic fly pattern. In Lefty Kreh's book, "Saltwater Fly Patterns", there are a couple of the Blossom's listed.
    Remember, no one likes to be behind the big truck, but that's better than being under it!

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