Species: Rio Grande Perch, sunfish
Remarks by Jim Johnson
The Rio Bandito is sometimes referred to as the Mardi Kraw, although there's another fly of that same name. It was created by Chris Johnson of Living Waters Fly Fishing, for the Rio Grande Perch in the Hill Country waters of Texas.
I bought a couple while in the shop a couple of years ago and when I returned to Louisiana I found it to be my go to fly. I’ve caught nearly every species of sunfish we have here to include crappie, warmouth, and both spotted and largemouth bass. It’s murder on small creeks!
- hook: Jig hook - size 12
- bead: tungsten beads - metallic red - size 1/8”
- tail: guard hairs of fur
- body/collar: fur dubbing in a loop (rabbit or squirrel strips)
- legs: silicone legs, matching color
At the 2020 annual "Rio Grande Fly Fishing Rodeo" hosted by the New Orleans Fly Fishers, Glen 'Catch' Cormier won "Biggest Rio" category using a crawfish-colored Rio Bandito.