Sometimes I wish the flies tied were actually live critters and this is certainly one is one of them I’d like to see in the wild. The Electric Chicken refers to a bright pink and chartreuse plastic color pattern that is used to attract panfish but it also works in stained water for Redfish. Whether it’s mistaken for a shrimp or minnow is really irrelevant. The most important thing to know is it work very, very well.
Taking a single strand of flash, double it over and cut it twice leaving four ends of the flash pointed toward the back of the fly. I’ll tie this on first while working the thread slightly into the bend of the hook.
Make wraps of thread all the way between the eye of the hook and the brass eyes. Taking the chenille, stroke the fibers back with each touching turn. When you get to the brass eyes, make one turn over the eyes and end at the hook eye. This is where you’ll capture the chenille with your thread and snip it off close. Make two or three turns of thread before giving it a double three-turn whip finish. Trim out any stray fibers of chenille and then snip the thread close. You may choose to finish the fly with some super glue but the double whip-finish ensures a tight knot.
Trim the flash slightly longer than the zonker strip and what you’re left with is an easy and effective redfish fly. Adding a weed guard is optional but can be done, if required. Since this is a lighter version of the fly, it was left off.
Hook: Tiemco 800S Size 6
Eyes: Small Brass Eyes
Thread: UTC 140 – Fl. Pink
Tail: Chartruse Zonker Strip
Body: Medium Cactus Chenille – Salmon
Flash: Yellow/Pearl Krystal Flash