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Recapping Redfish Flies by Drew Chicone

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 26th

Redfish Flies - Drew Chicone

Over the past few weeks I have given you the basics on the 8 proven pattens from my latest book “Redfish Flies”.  Simply click on the link or icon above to download the 175 page pdf. of “Redfish Flies“, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution step-by-step instructions for $14.99 or head over to to  order your signed paperback version for $24.99.

The eight pattens outlined in Redfish Flies have been fine-tuned and rigorously tested on countless grass flats, oyster bars and mangrove shorelines.  Tying and stocking your box with this proven assortment of flies will ensure you have the ammunition need to coax even the most refined redfish, and the insight provided in the interviews of the contributing guides and tying guru’s will help you understand what factors need to be consider to create your own productive redfish flies.

Otherwise, read on and I’ll recap all of the material covered in the past post from “Redfish Flies”.

  1. The Kung Fu Blue Crab – Redfish Flies
  2. The Fiddle Sticks Crab – Redfish Flies
  3. The Pine Island Ice Tea – Redfish Flies
  4. The Buddagrassy Shrimp – Redfish Flies
  5. The Rump Shaker – Redfish Flies
  6. The Grass Monkey – Redfish Flies
  7. The Gulf Shrimp – Redfish Flies
  8. The Batman – Redfish Flies

For more information on how  you can improve your own saltwater fly patterns check out my website or;

August 2014 Salty Fly Tying Chronicle


For a deep dive into the world of saltwater pattern development, pick up a copy of  Feather Brain – Developing, Testing, & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns.” 

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Thanks for reading, and if you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email –

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight



The Batman – Redfish Flies

Posted by Drew Chicone On November 13th

Pattern by Don Reed

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Has the pattern evolved or changed any over time (Materials, Tying Techniques etc.)?

The fly has remained basically the same over the years as I tie the fly. But like any good pattern, different variations have come along from other tiers. I have seen monofilament threaded through the claws to stiffen them, tailing added making it more of a slider, and many other improvements or changes for specific applications. My only change has been the addition of an orange “egg sac” of Finnish Raccoon around the tailing flash.

This is the ninth installment of  Redfish Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this redfish fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Redfish Flies at $14.99 or order your Signed Paperback version today ! $24.99 + Shipping.


In your opinion what makes the pattern so effective?

In my opinion the fly has remained so effective over the years is that it mimics many different crabs and other crustaceans, is easy to tie, easy to cast and fish, and it produces.


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This 175 page downloadable pdf. is illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99  Or order your signed paperback version at $24.99.  Detailed instructions for tying Drew Chicone’s Kung Fu Blue Crab, Capt. Ron Ratliff’s Fiddle Sticks Crab, Capt. Daniel Andrews’s Pine Island Ice Tea, Drei Stroman’s Budagrassy Shrimp, Chris Kincaid’s Rump Shaker, Capt. Joe Costadura’s Grass Monkey, Bill Laminack’s Gulf Shrimp, and Don Reed’s Batman pattern.


If you have questions or other topics in mind you would like explained, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight!