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Seaducer Fly Pattern Step-by-Step:
A few strands of flash and six saddle hackle. That’s all it takes to tie one of the most effective, and perhaps overlooked, streamer patterns ever tied. Popularized some 80 years ago by a commercial fisherman who relied on road killed frogs as a means of locating big snook, the Seaducer has stood the test of time and been credited with taking everything from bass and pickerel to snook, tarpon and even the occassional sailfish!
Large in profile (the example below stretches 5″ in length), the pattern excels in shallow water situations relying largely on its near neutral buoyancy and delicate presentation. Once in the water, the slightest twitch of rod or strip of line imparts significant action to the free flowing hackle almost “seaducing” the fish into striking.
Tied in a wide range of colors/patterns (red & white being the classic combo), I’ve selected purple for today’s example as some redfish anglers in neighboring Texas rely heavily on this color when targeting the flats.
|Gamakatsu B10S Stinger (size 1)||70 Denier (Black)||Paired Saddle Hackle (4 Feathers)|
|Saddle Hackle (2 Feathers palmered)||UV Resin||Flashabou or Krystal Flash|
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Step-by-Step Tying Instructions:
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Tips and Tricks:
1. Color Selection: Trust Lefty
Lefty Kreh once proclaimed (as only Lefty could), “If it ain’t Chartreuse, then it ain’t no use.” And while there’s undeniable truth to that statement, Lefty’s actual color preference may have leaned toward the classic Red and White especially when the Seaducer was involved.
Lefty’s fondness for the classic Red and White Seaducer is apparent in many of the articles he authored over the years. But this fondness is perhaps no more apparent than in his book, Presenting the Fly, where he declared the Seaducer “…one of the best patterns for both large and smallmouth bass that I’ve fished…none is nearly as effective as red and white…”
Suggesting you follow the advice of Lefty Kreh may be the best tip or trick I could possibly offer. So…don’t over think it. Tie a few Seaducers in the classic Red and White.
2. Going Deep
While the Seaducer’s delicate presentation and near neutral buoyancy may make it a shallow water killer, don’t discount going deep with this pattern. Fished on a sink tip line, the same fish catching action and near neutral buoyancy can prove just as “seaducing” to deeper water quary.
3. An Alternative Tie
Here in Louisiana, a variation of the Seaducer, known as the SR-71, is quite popular. Substituting Schlappen for traditional saddle hackle, this variation is said to pulsate in the water. Give them a try if you’re looking for a seaducer that imparts a little more motion in the water.
Proof of Concept
Proof of concept came quickly for this pattern as the pictured largemouth bass enveloped the 5″ Seaducer on only my second cast of a brief lunch break casting session. Weighing in at around 2.5 lbs, this fish was a welcome surprise under less than ideal conditions (post-cold front, high pressure and clear, blue skies).