Tying Video – Redfish Hammerhead

A few weeks ago I did a number of Redfish fly videos on some patterns I recently used while in Louisiana in February chasing Redfish.  One other pattern I used, very successfully, was the Redfish Hammerhead.  It is a variation on the regular Anderson Hammerhead that was developed in 2009 for chasing Great Lakes Carp.  This version has a slight change to the materials but more importantly has a change to the amount of weight in the fly.  The original Hammerhead was tied to sink very fast and get right in the middle of tailing carp.  Thus, it has a lot of weight and a large profile.  However, if you have ever seen tailing carp in three feet of water they do not spook very easy and the fly having a larger profile and more weight and the resulting “plop” in the water when it is cast to the fish does not usually spook them.  Redfish on the other hand are a different beast, at least where I am fishing for them.

Where I fish in Louisiana the Redfish are not focused on the bottom but rather the middle portions of the water column. The bottom is mostly muck (filth and muck actually!) and a fly stripped across the bottom mostly just stirs up a cloud of mud and does not get the interest of the fish.  So, flies for these conditions must be tied with a bulky profile, lots of action and not sink to fast.  As important, they need to “flutter” down such that when stripped in they tend to swim up and flutter down in more of a jigging type of action.  To that end, the Redfish Hammerhead variation is simply lighter.  As you will see in the video, the eyes are smaller and there is less lead weight on the hook shank.  This keeps the fly from sinking too fast and aides in it having a nice fluttering action in the water.   I use a little longer hook shank on this version as well in order to get an additional wrap of rabbit on the hook shank.  I am trying to add some profile to the fly in the water.  At some point in the future, the rabbit might be replaced with some sort of synthetic in my search to make a bulkier profile and keep the overall casting weight of the fly down.


Hook:Mustad 34011 #4
Thread:Danville Flat Waxed Nylon, White
Eyes:Medium Bead Chain Eyes, Gold
Weight:.010 Lead Free Wire
Tail:White/Silver Flaked Sili Legs, White Spirit River Glow-in-the-dark Mylar Motion, Pearl Flash Accent
Rear Body:White or Cream Wool
Front Body:Barred Rabbit Zonker, Magnum, White



If you have not read the step by step article on tying the Anderson Hammerhead you can read it here on Dressed Irons.  It is worth it as it explains the origins as well as some of the thinking behind the fly.  Also, the Redfish in the photo below was caught on the same White Redfish Hammerhead in 2019!



Next week I start a LONG series of panfish flies.  Here in central Indiana, Panfish are king and I have eight patterns that I have been teaching and fishing for years that are great for anyone wanting to catch Bluegill, Redear, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass and even Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.



As I mentioned in earlier posts, the Jig nymph class scheduled for the 21st of March has been postponed to the 11th of April.  Given the current state of things here in the US and everyone’s isolation this class might get pushed back even further.  Please make a note of this and I will be sending out a notice in a newsletter as well.  You can check out all of the classes I have on the calendar here.  Check back soon.

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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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