Tying Video – The Electric Chicken

The Electric Chicken is one of those flies I decided to tie and bring down to Louisiana this year just in case we had a day with clearer water and the fish were keying in on more color and movement.  It is what is known as an “attractor” pattern.  It does not look like any regular food but it has bright colors, flash and action that get the fishes attention.  Once they see it, they rush to investigate and strike out hard and fast.  The Electric Chicken certainly attracts the fish.  Keep in mind, conditions have to be right.  If the water is too muddy the fish can not see the fly.  The bright colors get lost in the mud and the sun doesn’t penetrate to do anything with the flash.  But, if you have not so cloudy water and you get a cast maybe not “spot on”, the fish can see the fly and come running.

The fly itself is a very simply tie.  Basically some beadchain eyes, zonker tail and a body of bright Estaz.  One of the simplest of flies to tie.  However, anytime you use rabbit zonker for tailing material you run into the problem that the rabbit strip will get hung up in the gap of the hook and “foul” up the flies action.  There are a number of methods tiers use to correct this problem but I have found most of them fall short.  I use a method I learned years ago [can’t exactly remember where, I think it was in Warmwater Fly Fishing Magazine, out of print since 2003??].  I have found that this method works very well and generally keeps the tail from fouling the hook.  I explain this method in detail in the video, however I did not come up with this method of keeping tailing material from fouling the fly, I simply prefer this over most other methods.  That said, the Electric Chicken is an interesting attractor pattern.  I did not get a chance to throw this fly to any Redfish (this Year!) but am thinking of a few Smallmouth that might just like this fly.

Hook:Mustad S71S (34007) or Tiemco 811s, #2 – #6
Thread:Wapsi UTC Ultra Thread 210 Denier, Fl. Pink
Weight:10 – 12 wraps of lead wire (optional)
Tail:Tiger Barred Fl. Chartreuse Rabbit Zonker, Magnum
Flash:2 – 3 Strands of Flash Accent, Pearl (optional)
Tail Stabilizer:30lb Mono
Body:Estaz Grande, Fl. Pink
Eyes:Dumbbell eyes or Bead Chain Eyes, Silver or Gold, Size depends on how much weight you want in the fly

I have one more Redfish fly to publish this next week.  Not really a new fly but a nice variation of a proven pattern.  After that I have a series of soft hackle flies I will be doing.  I do not get much of a chance to drift soft hackles to trout but I think they are wonderful flies to tie and have a rich history.  I also have another fly tying class in March where we will be tying some classic trout nymphs with a little bit of a twist.  If you haven’t read it yet I posted dates for the fly tying classes I have scheduled for the Winter and Spring of 2020.  You can check that out here.  Check back soon.

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If you would rather purchase some Electric Chicken flies there are a few here at Dressed Irons for sale (while supplies last).

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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