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Craft Fur Shrimp

2015.09.06.dryfly.me.shrimp

Hook: Gamakatsu F314 #4
Thread: UNI 6/0 Pink
Mouth: Mallard, Pink Craft Fur
Antennas: Super Hair Tan
Eyes: Easy Shrimp Eyes
Rib: Mono
Body: SLF Saltwater Shell Pink
Hackle: Pink Craft Fur
Shell: EP Fibres Pink UV, Bug-Bond

I have been chasing a Whiting Spey salmon pink cape for a while to tie up shrimps, but there is a shortage, so: craft cur can be used instead to tie them up. This is a pattegrisen pattern that I haven’t fished with previously, so I need to head out to fish this one of these days!

Baitfish day

2014.10.14.dryfly.me.baitfish

Hook: Allen SW001 #4
Thread: Benecchi White
Body: Hareline Select Craft Fur white/black/olive, flash, anglehair
Eyes: 6mm 3d, Bug Bond cover

My new saltwater box needed some baitfish and I found a box of Allen SW001 that is quite short and have a nice open bend that I like in this pattern. When tying these long hairy baitfish you can use a range of material: bucktail, fox, templedog or craft fur as I have done here. This is a really quick pattern to tie up, and most of it is actually spent curing the bugbond!

The primary colors I fish with is green and black, but I have some blue, yellow and red that I will give a go later on. The eyes are attached with superglue and then some layers with bugbond around to form the eye, they are still a bit tacky, so I want to try out some other UV resin soon to see how they behave.

As you can see in this picture I tie these really slim, but the movement this gets when you pull it quickly in have triggered the most of the seatrout I have landed, so I never go out without a couple of these in my box

2014.10.14.dryfly.me.baitfish_single

SBS: Baitfish

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_10Hook: TMC 811S #6
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Hareline Extra Select Craft Fur White, Angel Hair
Body: Hareline Solid Tinsel Chenille Pearl
Wing: Hareline Extra Select Craft Fur White/Black
Head: Hareline Adhesive Holographic Eyes 3/16 Red, Bug-Bond

I have fished some in saltwater before, but haven’t had much luck when it comes to actually catching anything(!?!). But: I was on vacation last week and ended up when the tidal went out underneath a bridge, causing a strong current where I spotted a lot of fish. I put on this baitfish on my #6 rod and got 30minutes of Mackerel fun: pulling in fast I saw the mackerel hitting this fly hard! More pictures on that later, but this is my take on a baitfish pattern that was very successful. It becomes quite slim in the water and should trigger the fish if pulled in fast high in the water

Add a loop of mono at the end of the hook, I use quite a thick one

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_1Tie in craft fur above the guard

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_2Tie off the craft fur properly ( the fish might hit this fly hard )

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_3Add some angel hair (not needed, but adds some glimmer to the fly)

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_4Tie in the tinsel

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_5Wrap the tinsel, forming a body. I don’t mind much if the body is even or straigth

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_6Add more white craft fur as underwing

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_7Add black craft fur as top-wing and tie of the fly with a decent head since you want a place to glue on the eyes. I vary between black, brown and  green for the top-wing to create variations

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_8I use some zap-a-gap to glue  the eyes to the thread

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_9Apply bug-bond to form a head

dryfly.me.2013.09.bait_fish_10The material needed for this fly

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