Redfish spoon fly

First thing is first. I did not develop this fly or the technique to tie this pattern, but I think it is a brilliant way to tie a spoon fly. The original pattern can be found by clicking hereThe spoon fly should be in every redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus) fly fisherman’s box. I would even tie this fly in smaller sizes and throw it to monster rainbows (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in lakes. The action of this fly is awesome, and there are different variations that I have tied to give it slightly different actions. This makes the fly very unique and applicable to a wide variety of conditions. The fly here is the basic variation; it works best when worked very slowly. All the action is on the fall. I like to slowly strip it in, and let it wobble as it falls. You can also add bead chain eyes to the front of the pattern that makes it sink a little faster and wobble more on the retrieve (this is suggested on the original pattern). Play around with it and make it your own, but be sure to visit the original site above to give credit where credit is due. All the templates and patterns for this fly can be downloaded there. Enjoy!

Materials List
Hook: size 2 Mustad 34007
Body material: Lure tape and overhead projector acetate material
Tail: Marabou and krystal flash
Light curing resin
Thread: Flat waxed nylon

Step 1
Down load the hook template from NWMangum. Bend the hook to match the shape. I have laminated a printout of the pattern to make it more durable for future use.

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Step 2
Print out the spoon body template from NWMangum. To prep the body material, take lure tape in your choice of color and carefully place it on a sheet of clear acetate overhead projector material. Be sure to avoid making air bubbles when you are doing this step. Go slow. After that step is completed, take double sided tape and tape a spoon body template on the lure tape body material.

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Step 3
Cut out the body, and peel off the paper template.

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Step 4
Insert the hook into the vice. Lay down a solid thread base while advancing the thread to the back of the hook.

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Step 5
Tie in the marabou.

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Step 6
Tie in the krystal flash.

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Step 7
Tie in the spoon body. It is important to tie in the narrow end at the back of the hook. This gives the fly the type of action we are looking for.

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Step 8
Advance the thread to the front of the hook shank.

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Step 9
Fold the body over and tie it off. Whip finish the fly and remove the thread.

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Step 10
Apply a light curing resin over the entire body. Here I used Clear Cure Goo.

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Step 11
Cure the resin.

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Step 12
Cover the entire fly with head cement to remove the tackiness of the CCG. If you’re using a tack free resin then skip this step.

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Step 13
The completed fly.

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2 thoughts on “Redfish spoon fly

  1. Dani Long

    This is gorgeous and the templates are spot on! Thanks – we will be tying this later today at Project Healing Waters in Green Bay!!


    1. I’m glad to see you’ll get some use out of this, especially with Project Healing Waters! Let me know if I can be of anymore help. Also remember to visit the originator’s blog and article where I found this!

      Tight lines,

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