in my preparation for Slovenia next month I wanted to produce a heavy, realistic and quick to tie shrimp. this is what i came up with...
|simple, quick, rough, heavy|
It's pretty rough-looking although sufficiently imitative I think. Have you seen a shrimp "in the drift" or scampering across the substrate of a river? They're pretty rough looking.
So how do I tie it?
I start with a pre-leaded hook, the ones in the picture are on a Partridge scud hook that comes with a sausage-shaped lump of lead moulded to the shank. I use some flat nose pliers to squash the lead thinner so it is narrower and taller.
Next I wrap plumber's tape around the lead mould to give the thread something to find purchase on and to hide the lead. This is much quicker than wraps of thread and adds little bulk (you want the pattern to stay quite lean so it looks real and cuts through the water).
Then I take a few wraps of any white thread from eye to gape, tie in some latex, scud back or other elastic, clear stuff for a scud back. Now I tie in a small partridge feather by the tip, concave side up. Take thread back to eye and throw in a securing knot.
Mark the plumber's tape with light coloured pens to taste (I used a sandy/tan/human skin tone on these).
Mark the dorsal side of the underbody with markers to taste, bring the partridge feather forward and tie off. Bring the scud back stuff forward and tie off. More marker on top of the scud back if you want.
Position the partridge fibres (legs) so they're nicely spaced out.
Cover the the thing in a thin film of Bug Bond and show it the light!
Simple (honestly it takes less than 3 minutes per fly once you're up and running) and imitative. I'm going to need some good imitative patterns in Slovenia after the Worlds took place their last month, those fish are probably still wondering what hit them!