Redfish Ritalin Fly Step-by-Step

Redfish Ritalin Fly Step-by-Step:

Redfish Ritalin, Redfish Crack, or Redfish Meth. Regardless of what you call it, this fly has earned its name(s) for a reason: the redfish are damn near addicted to it. A nondescript crustacean imitation, this bushy, pulsating mess with undulating craft fur tail and beady-eyes just looks too good for hungry redfish to turn down.

With variations attributed to a number of tyers, I’ve seen this pattern tied in every size from 8 to 1/0 and in every color combination under the sun. While it’s a relatively new fly to me, I have high hopes it will become a regular part of my marsh fishing arsenal.

Gamakatsu SL11-3H (Size 2) Ultra Thread 140 Denier Bead Chain or Lead Eyes
Craft Fur Ice Chenille or Estaz Dubbing Brush or Dubbing Loop
Silicon Silly Legs Monofilament (Black)
Step-by-Step Tying Instructions:

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Tips and Tricks:

1. Dubbing Brush:

For those with the skill, you can create your own dubbing brush in lieu of a commercially available dubbing brush. If you do go the commercial route, options are fairly endless. The EP series of brushes, for example, cover every length and material combination imaginable. For this tie, I skipped the widely available EP series and instead tried a 2-inch ‘Redfish Brush’ by Sightcast Fishing Company out of Texas.

2. Mono Eyes:

While commercially produced monofilament eyes are available, I recommend creating your own. This can be easily done by melting the tips of 50 lbs monofilament with a lighter and coloring with permanent marker. If a larger eye is desired, a drop of UV resin can be added.

Proof of Concept:

Proof of concept is still in the works on this one folks. While an early attempt utilizing a homemade Ice Dub collar in place of a dubbing brush did land a nice speckled trout on my initial test run, I failed to photograph the catch. For the time being, here’s a photo of that early attempt as a place holder.

Tight Lines Everyone!


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