How to Tie the Rump Shaker Fly
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The Rump Shaker is a Redfish fly that's really designed to imitate a fleeing shrimp (although fish eat it as a crab or a baitfish, too). This fly has a great profile in the water and moves a lot of water to attract large Redfish when the water is 1-3 feet deep. Jared has thrown a weed guard on this version to make it a perfect fly for the Louisiana marsh, the coast of Texas, or anywhere else you're likely to find Redfish in shallow water conditions. Learn how to tie this modern Redfish fly including step-by-step instructions, a materials list, and more.
- Gamakatsu SL11 - Size #1
- UNI Waxed Thread - 6/0, Brown
- Hareline Bead Chain Eyes - Medium, Black
- Hareline Grizzly Barred Crazy Legs - Olive/Green Flake
- Hareline Extra Select Craft Fur - Cream
- Hareline Arctic Fox Hair - Olive
- Hareline Krystal Flash - Black
- EP Wooly Critter Brush - Sculpin
- Copic Sketch Marker - Dark Olive
- RIO Hard Mono Saltwater Tippet - 30lb
- Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick
Start your thread and create a small thread bump. Place the bead chain eyes slightly behind the eye of the hook and tie them down using figure-8 wraps. Bring your thread back to the bend of the hook.
Tie in the Hareline Crazy Legs. Choose two strands, tie them in just in front of the bend of the hook, and double them over. Trim the legs so the top two are longer than the bottom two.
Choose a chunk of craft fur that's a little thicker than a pencil and tie it in on top of the Crazy Legs. Strip out all of the short, fuzzy fibers, and take a measurement on the hook shank so it extends roughly 2x the length of the hook shank. Tie the craft fur in on top of the hook shank just above the Crazy Legs. Pull the craft fur up and take a few wraps around it so it kicks up at a 45-degree angle.
Grab your Copic Sketch Marker and bar the craft fur to give the fly more dimension in the water.
Next, tie in the Arctic Fox Hair. Take a measurement so the Fox Hair extends roughly halfway up the craft fur and catch it with two loose wraps just in front of the craft fur. Tighten down on the thread and push the hair around the hook shank so it spins 360-degrees around the shank. Use your thread to cover the butts of the Fox Hair. Tie in a single piece of black Krystal Flash right in front of the Fox Hair.
Tie in the EP Wooly Critter Brush and palmer it forward to create the body of the fly. Make sure the brush is fully secured before wrapping it forward with close, touching wraps. While palmering, pull the fibers rearward with your hand as you wrap. Tie the brush off just behind the eyes and trim the excess wire.
Next, tie in the weed guard. Invert the fly and double over a piece of hard mono. Hook the mono over the eye of the hook and leave some mono extended down to make tying in the weed guard easier. After tying it down, adjust the weed guard so it is in the right position before pulling it up and anchoring it down with thread wraps. Trim it to length so it is roughly the same height of the hook point.
Whip finish and apply Loon UV Clear Fly Finish to the head of the fly to secure thread wraps and the weed guard. Cure the fly finish with your light to create a small head.
And that's the Rump Shaker! This is a great pattern for Redfish and any saltwater marsh conditions where fleeing shrimp are present. It's a relatively easy pattern to tie and moves water to grab the attention of a predatory fish on the southern flats.
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