Gene Montgomery (334-478-7440) is a Mobile, Alabama, high-school teacher with a passion for fly fishing. He guides when not teaching and devised the Gold Frizzy for redfish because it does a good job of imitating a gold, flashing and wobbling spoon - likely the No. 1 artificial lure of all time for redfish.
Montgomery designed the fly for chasing world-record-size reds around the clear waters of the Chandeleur Islands in Louisiana, which he does with client Robert Cunningham Jr., who has boated several potential record fish wit' this streamer. It's tied on a size 1 through 2/0 Mustad 34007 hook, unweighted or with lead dumbbell eyes. The body is made from gold Mylar tubing with the cotton stuffing removed from the inside. The Mylar tubing is folded over lengthwise, and secured to the hook shank. Mylar is tied on both sides of the hook and on top. At the eye a few turns of crystal-red chenille are wound on to produce a head. Next the tubing is poked at liberally with a needle or ice pick to unfurl the mylar, giving it a frizzy appearance. This adds bulk to the streamer and allows the loose Mylar threads to catch and reflect light in every possible direction - much like a spoon.
Weighted Gold Frizzies are very popular in Alabama, according to Wesley Parks of McCoy Outdoors Fly Shop (334-432-3006) in Mobile. Flies must get deep quickly to appeal to upper Gulf Coast redfish, he says.