Dr. Christian Marrero
Featured Fly Pattern: Mudslider
This versatile fly was inspired and tested in the chocolate milk waters of Everglades National Park targeting tarpon and snook. Since then, it has been tested on everything from Peacock bass to Redfish to big Tarpon...it proved to be candy. 😊
The original color pattern (pictured above) is brown & chartreuse tail, orange flake wrap, and root beer with pearl head. Don't forget the gold flash and black stripes to give it flavor! Bead chain or lead eyes can be used, but bead chain is recommended to let the craft fur dictate most of its action. It is best tied with hook bend up to make the fly weedless and give yourself the best hookup ratio.
The color pattern was put together to draw out Tarpon and Snook all the way out of the muddy watered mangroves to strike they're prey. The tail, made from craft fur, gives it an exceptional swimbait action that makes it irresistible! This color way will also have the Redfish dancing in dark waters.
When sight-fishing Redfish or Bonefish in clearer waters, the tan colored pattern is recommended (pictured above). This way the fly mimics a shrimp popping off the bottom. However, especially for Redfish or Snook, you can keep the fly midway or sub-surface in the water column and trigger a chase down strike.
When fishing for Tarpon, especially in deeper water, the black and purple pattern (pictured above) is lethal! Making Tarpon are one of the only animals that can see the UV spectrum, the black/purple/sparkle combination will ring the dinner bell. In this situation is where lead eyes can be applied to bring the fly down where you can dredge for them.
The original brown & chartreuse pattern has been a fan favorite for targeting peacock bass here in South Florida. This profile mimics Peacock bass fry, African jewelfish, and different Cichlids in which are in the predation pallet for Peacock bass. This fly is also lethal to have in the arsenal for big Peacock bass down in South America. Some of the most hyper aggressive strikes I've gotten from Peacock bass, have been on this fly.
If you're are targeting tarpon in muddy waters this is an absolute must to have in the box. This goes for Florida or Central American tarpon. Because of its versatility, tie a few of each color pattern and have it in the box on each outing, you will not be disappointed!
Suggested hook sizes:
Juvenile tarpon, redfish, and snook: Size 2
Bonefish and Peacock Bass: Size 4 and 6
Bigger tarpon: Size 1/0, 2/0
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Written by Christian Marrero - Fly Fishing Manager
The Miami Fly Guy