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Old 10-11-2004, 02:14 PM
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A new shrimp pattern I've been working on...

As requested, I'm posting a pic and basic instruction on tying this new shrimp pattern.


The pattern is still in development but here are the basic tying instructions...

ULTIMATE SHRIMP

HOOK...Mustad 34007 SS (tied in size 4 & 6 so far)...hook must be bent into the "Bendback" style...also...the point of hook is slightly bent into a "baitholder" configuration (should improve grabbing and holding power of bendback config.)

EYES...burnt mono

ANTENNAE...stripped grizzly hackle or Krystal Flash strands

MOUTH PARTS...small short bunch of craft fur

LEGS...Hungarian Partridge (pale speckled) stripped and palmered (two wraps only)...hackle bunched and wrapped into position under eyes before epoxying.

THORAX and TAIL...epoxy applied in two stages...Thorax first till set...then Tail (to achieve segmentations on tail sections...a single firm wrap of 3/O tying thread over epoxy when almost completely set...no knots required as thread impregnates epoxy and stays locked in).

TAILFAN (optional)...latex cut to shape.

NOTE:

I mix my epoxy (on waxed paper) then draw a little scribble of colour with permanant marker beside the epoxy blob and immediately blend it in with the epoxy...works great.

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Old 10-11-2004, 02:58 PM
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Thanks Henry... I hope marshrunner sees this (Dick Brown). I think you have done a great job on this shrimp.... the legs and feelers are perfect as is the body.... I will tye some up and I suspect that these will be ideal on the Monomoy Flats as well as down south.
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Old 10-11-2004, 03:25 PM
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Great looking Fly!!!!!!
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Old 10-11-2004, 06:27 PM
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Oooooo! That is a Hottie! Suspect if this fly were 'blowen up' to a larger hook it could be a great 'sand shrimp' pattern.

Too Cool!
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Old 10-11-2004, 06:36 PM
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Henry,

Really trick looking pattern and to my knowledge very original use of epoxy to form the body. Does the fly ride hook point up? I am curious as to how it will retrieve. Would you suggest adding a weed guard for fishability on the flats?

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Sean
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Old 10-12-2004, 07:56 PM
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Hi Sean,

Thanks for the comments. I've tested the fly to see how it rides in one of my aquariums. The first prototype tended to lay on it's side as I had too much leg dressing (partridge hackles) the craft fur mouth parts were attached too horizontally to the axis of the fly causing the fly to want to tip over. By skimping on the legs (ended up being more realistic anyways) and giving the shrimp mouth parts and antennae an attachment point 1/3 the way into the hook bend...it caused the later versions of the fly to parashoot upright...BINGO!

I expect the fly wont be very stealthy being primarily made of epoxy...It's my hope that the likely loud plop it makes will be counteracted by it's increased attractiveness to fish due to it's realistic profile.

I don't think adding a weed guard (mono loop or otherwise) would hurt the ride or profile of the fly at all. It actually should be reasonably weedless anyways as it's tied in the bendback style (my original goal with this fly...in part inspired by Popovics Ultra Shrimp...thereby the similarity in the flies name). Tying up some with weedguards is on my "to do" list.

I've lately been experimenting tying the fly in different sizes and have successfully gotten it down to a size 8 and up to a size 1.

Thanks for your encouragement and interest,

Henry
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