Here’s another “guide-fly” lesson from Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides. (Or, as he calls them, “super easy to tie, down and dirty, quick and easy, fish-catching guide flies.”) As Alvin says, he doesn’t want to create flies that are complicated or take a long time to tie because a client may throw it into the trees on their first cast. So he’s come up with variations on famous patterns that offer the same basic profile and motion in the water but are easier and faster to tie.
Here, he ties a little Gotcha-looking thing with a peacock-herl body and a wing made from a material he can’t even identify. One of the great things about Alvin’s patterns is that he isn’t precious about specific materials. If you’ve got some green thin-fiber synthetic hair, you’re good to go. He’s mostly going for a certain profile and color, so if you can achieve that, you’re gonna catch fish.
Alvin’s Redfish Fly (name TBD)
Hook: Saltwater hook (here a Tiemco 811S), size 1.
Thread: Black, 3/0.
Eyes: Bead chain.
Body: Peacock herl.
Wing: Olive thin-fiber synthetic hair.
Head: Tying thread.