Corpus Christi, Texas, guide Bill Sheka (512-991-7191) has fished Baffin Bay and lower Laguna Madre for many years and devised a bright-colored fly called the Sheka Shrimp. He ties several versions of it, making it suitable for redfish in a wide variety of waters and angling conditions.
Sheka ties them on a size 2 to 1/0 Mustad hook. Most are very bright-colored, which work well in the clear waters he fishes, where shrimp are an important forage. Reds can spot a bright Sheka Shrimp fly from a long distance and can be counted on to home in quickly for a fast meal. Sheka Shrimp come in weighted and unweighted versions, with or without weed guards. Colors run the gamut too, from pink to orange, and from yellow to hot green. Sheka Shrimps tied in subtle browns and cream colors perform best in stained water.
The fly is tied to look like a gaudy shrimp, which is something to keep in mind when viewing it. It's a pretty basic fly, with a small head and burnt nylon eyes. The body is bulky, shrimp-like, made of bright cactus chenille. On some versions, the chenille body is wrapped with a contrasting-color hackle feather, which gives the fly very buggy shrimp look when the hackle is trimmed with scissors to simulate legs. Silver Krystal Flash is used liberally on many patterns, s'nce it's a long-range attractant in clear water. Additional tail materials can consist of marabou, bucktail, calf tail or Krystal Flash.
For a slow-sink fly, a bucktail tail is good. In weedy water, the Sheka is tied with a monofilament-loop weed guard. For deeper redfishing, Sheka includes lead under the chenille or substitutes lead eyes for nylon ones, and he ties it large to be a more visible target, usually with a marabou tail that absorbs water to help it get down.