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Shimmy Cricket

 
tied by deeky
Fly Type: Poppers/Sliders,
Target Species: Panfish,
Recommended Region: Central US,
Imitation: Hoppers/Crickets,
Material List:
Hook: Daiichi #1170, size 12
Thread: Uni Thread 6/0, black
Body: 2mm black foam, red Micro Ultra Chenille (optional)
Legs: Pumpkin colored rubber skirting
Tying Instructions: This fly is a little different from the norm in that it is basically tied from the front to the back. Start by cutting a long teardrop shape from the foam that is about as wide as the hook gape and slightly longer than the whole hook. Push the hook through the middle of the 'bottom' of the drop shape and slide it all the way to the eye. Put the hook in the vice. Start your thread behind the foam and build a thread dam to hold the foam as far forward as possible. Tie in the chenille (optional) and then the legs. Advance the thread to just in front of the bend. Wrap chenille back and tie off. Pull the tip of the foam back over the top of the hook. Make a few wraps and then a whip over the tail of the foam.
Presentation Tips: When stripped, this fly will dive under the surface and give a nice little shimmy as it goes. Work with short, fast strips with pauses in between.



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