"Big Red Surprise"
Photo and text from Capt. Dave Sutton


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Big Red Surprise

Here's a Redfish fly that's been real good this summer in Flamingo. That is in Florida Bay, between the Key's and the Everglades. The fishing has been great!

Materials List:

Hook:  MUSTAD 34007, Size# 2 - 6.

Thread:  Red 3/0.

Body:  Gold braided mylar.

Eyes:  Yellow glass (Orvis).

Head:  Red maribou.

Tail:  Light orange saltwater neck,
Long grizzly yellow neck, orange maribou.

Tying Instructions:


Remember it's a saltwater fly for an 8 wt. You must head cement after every step.

1. Start by tying in the tail. Four orange hackle that are nice and full,
splayed out.

2. Then four long grizzly yellows to the outside of them.

3. Add 8 to 10 strands of rootbeer crystal flash the same length as the
long yellow grizzlies, but right in the top between the hackles.

4. Surround the tail in orange maribou by tying it in a little forward so
the diameter of material isn't so large. Use a long maribou. The tying
of all the tail material should be at least 1/2 the hook shank length.

5. Make sure the thread is wrapped all the way to the eye and add the
gold mylar. You will have to cut the mylar braid longer than you need
and let it fray towards the tail.

6. Build up a head with the Red thread and set in a small amount of red
maribou, then trim to size for gills.

7. Add in your eyes with 5 minute epoxy to make an indestructable head.

Big Red Surprise
Fishing the Fly

Capt. Dave & Redfish
Althought this fly is orange, I've decided to call it my Big Red Suprise because of the BIG suprise we had the first time we got it wet. The summer was in full swing in the Florida Everglades, and the Redfish were on the crowns of the flats. Most of the time we were fishing in less than a foot of water. As the accompanying photo shows, it works very well. The body can be expanded easily to allow a small rattle to be tied in before the gold mylar braid goes on, and it fishes almost on the surface.

Try it out and let me know how it works in your favorite Redfish spot! I'm willing to answer questions on our flies or fishing here, you can email me.~Capt. Dave Sutton.

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