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Glass Shrimp

 
tied by chemprof2001
Fly Type: General Saltwater,
Target Species: Sea Trout,
Recommended Region: Southeast US,
Imitation: Shrimp/Prawns,
Material List:
Hook: Mustad 92611, Size 2-6
Thread: White
Mouth parts: Pair of white saddle hackle tips
Tail: Pair of white saddle hackle tips
Eyes: Bead chain, turned brass eyes, or lead dumbbell eyes. Optional: May be painted black
Body: clear 'Sgetti string
Tying Instructions: Put a layer of white thread down over the hok shank from the eye to the bend. Advance the thread up toward the eye from the bend a bit and tie in the bead chain or dumbbell eyes. Return the thread to the bend of the hook. Tie in a short pair of white hackle tips to imitate the mouth parts. Tie in the clear 'Sgetti string (a material found in craft stores in tyhe kid's crafts section, a round platic type of lace, realtively robust) at the bend of the hook. Advance the thread to the eye of the hook, and tie in two larger hackle tips for the tail of the fly. Now wind the 'Sgetti string forward to make the body, doubling up a bit after the eyes trying to imitate a shrimp body shape. Tie the 'Sgetti string off behind the eye of the hook and make as neat a job of trying to tie down the 'Sgetti string as possible.
Presentation Tips: This fly is tied to imitate grass shrimp that often get washed into the Gulf of Mexico from small streams along the beaches. Occasionally the speckled trout will hit nothing else but these small shrimp. The trick is to find the depth the fish are feeding at, which means you need this fly with beed chain and various heavier eye combinations. Try to drift the fly with the current, since these little shrtimp are not strong swimmers. - Mark Delaney



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