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Woolly Shrimp

tied by Inconnu
Fly Type: Wet,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Northwest US,
Imitation: Shrimp/Prawns,
Material List:
Hook: 9672 #6 Mustad

Thread: 6/0 to match material colours

Feelers/legs: Green and dark olive yak hair

Eyes: Bead chain in desired colour

Body: Light olive chenille

Ribbing: Green wire

Hackle: Dyed olive grizzly
Tying Instructions: First I want to mention that this fly started out as a coastal cutthroat fly. It was tied in hot pinks, reds and oranges.
The pattern can be altered to adjust to various colour requirements etc. and while I came up with this pattern in my own mind, it may well be out there done by someone else and I fully respect that possibility.

1) Wrap a thread foundation from just behind hook eye.

2) Tie in 1/2 dozen chartreuse or green yak hair, leave it long, trailing well past the bend of the hook

3) Tie in your beadchain eyes, using diagonal wraps. Add a drop of head cement to secure.

4) Next you tie in another 6 pieces of yak hair, trailing back over top of the beadchain eyes.

5) Rotate the hook and tie in the green wire so that it extends out in the same direction as the hair.

6) Now rotate the hook back to the working position and take about 4" of chenille and strip a little of the fibres off the end to expose the core. Wrap the thread core on the top of the hook right behind the eyes. You should tie it in tight enough that when you are done the thread should have caught a bit of the chenille itself, right behind the eyes. This gives a little bulk in a necessary spot. The chenille should again extend back with all of the other materials.

7) Now pull the wire toward you so that it sticks out at a 90 degree angle from right behind the eyes (on the hook-eye side of the eyes.)

8) Wrap the chenille diagonally or in a diamond pattern around the beadchain eyes.

9) Now wrap it back to about 1/8 or a little better behind the hook-eye, then tie it off and trim excess. Do not pre-twist the chenille and do not make the wraps too tight together. I always sort of work the thread sideways through the "pile" of the chenille to decrease the bulk when tying it off.

10) Tie in some dark olive yak to lay over the chenille body. Leave it trimmed extra long to make it easier to work with.

11) Tie in an olive saddle feather at this point, butt first. You can also bring the excess butt back towards the hook bend and tie it down with a couple of wraps to further fasten it to the hook. Trim excess butt.

12) Now take about three wraps in the same place just behind the head, then procede to wrap towrds the bead-eyes. With each wrap, you will have to pull the dark yak hair tight just before the feather lays over it to hold it down.

13) When you reach the point behind the bead-eyes, take another two or three wraps in the same spot to make the hackle thicker.

14) Now holding the feather straight up with your left hand bring your wire up and around on the right side of the hackle, to tie your feather off. I know left handed folks will hold it in the opposite hand....I think?

15) Wrap your wire, going around away from you, towards the hook-eye, sort of fitting it between wraps of hackle. If you sort of move the wire sideways left and right it will help the wire avoid much of the hackle.

16) When you reach the head area, make two wraps of wire and tie down with thread. Trim excess wire and trim the excess saddle feather at the other end. Use fine pointed scissors to get down in the hackle and snip the stem.

17) Head cement on the head.

18) Take a pair of curved scissors, hold them so they are curved with the point to the desk-top under your extended yak hair. Hold the yak tight with your other hand and procede to gently cut the yak, using the curvature of the scissor to give you the profile you need. The olive yak should be the longest, with the green yak tapering up and out to give it a graduated profile.

Presentation Tips: Originally this was meant to dead-drift in the estuary current, giving it a few twitches to imitate food moving away on its' own power. I think you could fish it anywhere in the same manner. It is really a glorified woolly worm, so fish it accordingly.

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