There are things that I know and things that I think I know. For example, I know that I didn’t create this pattern in it’s entirety so I claim no credit–I’ve been told countless times that everyone seems to have tied one relatively similar at some point– but I’d like to think that a few simple modifications I made helped make this fly be a more effective pattern for targeting Redfish in the Lowcountry. I was first introduced to this type of pattern by Capt. Evan Merrill, but ask any company I fish with, the “No Name” pattern is single handedly a staple of my fly box. It’s often tied with different weights for different fishing situations.
Hook: Gamakatsu SC15 1/0
Thread: Danville's 210 Denier Flat Waxed Nylon (Black)
Tail: Magnum or Regular Rabbit Strip (Black)
Weight: Medium Plated Dumbbell Eyes
Body: EP Tarantula Hairy Legs Brush 1 Inch (Purple/Black)
Guards: 40lb Monofilament Fouling Guard and 40lb Monofilament Weed Guard
Place a hook in the vise. Wrap a layer of thread on the shank. Attach desired weighted eye near the eye of the hook. Finally, take 40lb monofilament fouling guarding and tie it in a loop off the bend of the hook.
Cut either a Magnum or regular sized rabbit strip and tie it on top of the fouling guard.
Either create a dubbing loop or split your thread and split a section of rabbit strip in between your loop or thread. Cut the strip off leaving only the hair.
Spin the bobbin causing the rabbit to twist and bunch together.
Wrap the collected rabbit on the shank. Palmer the material back as you advance your thread forward.
Tie in an EP Tarantula Hairy Legs Brush 1” wide in the black with purple legs. Advance your thread forward. Stop behind the eyes.
Similar to Step Five, palmer the material back as you advance the brush towards your eyes. Tie off the brush once you reach the dumbbell eyes. *Remember, EP brushes are extremely buoyant so wrapping the brush sparingly will help the fly sink a lot better.
Tie in a 40lb monofilament weed guard. Whip finish. Add epoxy to complete the fly.
Kyler Gartner of Charleston, SC is a fly fishing enthusiast and brand ambassador for Marsh Wear clothing.