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Craft Fur Shrimp

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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!

Blue Charm – tube

2015.06.20.dryfly.me.blue_charm

Thread: UNI 6/0 White
Tag: Veevus French tinsel, UNI-Floss yellow
Tail: GP
Body: Black Sealsfur dubbing
Rib: Veevus French tinsel
Wing: Yellow/Red-brown/Black Fox, Angel Hair rainbow
Hackle: Keough Hen Saddle Blue
Sides: JC
Cone: Black

Was inspired from a picture on facebook to do this one. I have a lot of BC on hook and tube from earlier, but a longer variant like this was not there! Tried to tie in the wing as sparsely as possible to get that long flowing feel of it in the water.

Polar Sunburst

2015.05.10.dryfly.me.sunburst_polar

Hook: TMC7999 #1/0
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tag: Veevus French Tinsel
Tail: GP topping
Body: Yellow & Orange Seals fur dubbing
Rib: UNI-Mylar #10 Silver, Gold Tinsel
Wing: Polar bear underfur, GP Topping
Throat: Polar Bear underfur, GP Topping
Head: Loon Hard Head Black

I was watching the new Netflix series “Chef’s Table” this morning and started thinking about patterns, combinations and how things work if you put them together in a new way. I’m prone to challenge myself on new patterns and new material to see how they come together on the hook, I knew I had some polar bear that I hadn’t tied anything with before, so I sat down with pen and paper (a first time that as well) and thought about what could go together with the colors I had. Earlier I have done some sunburst spey and the polar bear was perfect for doing something like that.

The polar bear have some very nice qualities when it comes to translucence and shine, so I needed something to match that: seals fur and GP toppings was perfect when it came to color and properties.

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The plan was to create something that had few components and had as little material as possible. The polar bear doesn’t need much, but I chose to use the underfur for the wing to build it up instead of the longer fibers of the fur. I’ll iterate a bit on this and have less material the next time, but the base pattern here is something I think will work very good once I get it in the water.

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Silver&Blue

2015.04.18.dryfly.me.tube_no_coneTag: UNI 6/0 Red, Bug Bond
Body: UNI-Mylar
Rib: Lagartun French Tinsel
Wing: Yellow, Red & Blue hair
Hackle: Guinea Silver Doctor Blue
Sides: JC

Preparing for the summer and filling up my box with this silver doctor inspired tube. Doing some without and some with cone to be able to target different depths:

2015.04.18.dryfly.me.tube_coneThe finished set ready for the river:

2015.04.18.dryfly.me.tubesHave started to do up the body separately now to focus on one and one thing, that way I can do lots of tinsel work first, then pull out the hair and do the hairwing later.

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Muddler + Zonker

2015.04.01.dryfly.me.zmuddler1Hook: TMC811S #4
Thread: UNI 6/0 Black
Tail: Rabbit Zonker
Body: A.Jensen Saltwater Dub ll White
Head: Roe

Earlier this winter I got a Roe skin, and before that some Rabbit skins, and since it is seatrout season start around these parts of the world I thought I would tie up some muddler/zonker variants to bring with me.

This is the first time I’ve tied up anything muddler-like for seatrout, but if you have the basics of spinning hair this is not very hard to do. I chose the TMC811S since with its short shank and very durable design (I really like this hook!), I also tied in some rubber legs on some variants to see how they will behave and look in the water.

2015.04.01.dryfly.me.zmuddler2Some shorter rubber legs:

2015.04.01.dryfly.me.zmuddler3They are not small, but neither are they super-big, so my #6 will have no problem swinging these over easter.

IMG_0893I had to go down to the city and get some smaller versions of this hook and tie up some on the 811S #8. This have some added lead to bring it down.

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