Sorry for the lateness of this one guys.
October’s Fly of the Month is the Ultimate Shrimp. Originally created by professional fly tier Johnno Makim this fly is a shallow, clear water flats specialist in my opinion, a good fly for those crystal-clear flats where a fly that’s too big, too bright or too flashy will usually spook the fish. The Ultimate shrimp is a smaller fly pattern representing a juvenile prawn or glass shrimp that is designed to ride hook point up and be fished on the bottom. It’s also a very hardy pattern that doesn’t foul too much.
The recipe – in order of tying.
Hook – size 2# Mustad Big Game or S/S O’Shaughnessy.
Thread – Clear mono thread.
Dumbbell eyes – Medium size brass dumbbells.
Mouth parts/body – A small tapered bunch of Super hair/Unique hair in clear/white colour (standard) or Microlon in clear/white or sand/tan colour or a combo of Unique hair with some Artic fox under for some more movement. Tied in protruding forward about the same as the hook length, then tied/bound under the hook shank all the way to the hook eye and tied off in a splayed fashion protruding about 4mm forward of the hook eye.
Antennae – 2 x (1 each side) strands of Midge flash, Krystal flash or black Super hair.
Eyes – 2 x small or medium sized EP crab & shrimp eyes or Epoxy mono crab eyes (your choice of colour).
Legs – 4 x (2 each side) Crazy legs in clear/pearl flake colour (standard) or Chicone’s barred regular crusher legs in brown/clear, black/clear or sand/clear etc or a combo of (cut one shorter than the other each side).
Carapace colour – A small pinch of SLF blends dubbing in sculpin brown or crayfish brown or brown stone or crayfish orange etc dubbed onto the first third of the body.
Head/Body – 2 to 3 coats of UV hard resin to form a rough prawn/shrimp shape.
This fly is usually fished on a full floating line or intermediate tip floating line in the shallows with a 9 – 10’ leader with 16 – 20lb fluorocarbon tippet and a very short/small strip along the bottom (making small puffs of sand preferably). This fly will catch nearly every species that hunts/feeds on a tropical flat, such as Permit, all Trevally species (incl big giant trevs), Yellowfin bream, big Bonefish, Blue Bastards, all Emperor species, Tuskfish etc etc.
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