Tying a Shrimp Fly with a dubbing brush, Part 2 of 2
MATERIALS: Hook: Mustad S71SZ (34007) size #1 or #4 or whatever you like Thread: your favorite in appropriate color Tail/Mandible & Whiskers: Fl. Orange rabbit & Black Krystal Flash Eyes: 10/0 black and orange glass beads threaded on to 16 or 20 lb hard mason stems with melted end for a bead stop, then CA glued in place and overcoated with 30 minute cure epoxy Body: Crystal Antron Chenille color of your choice (Cascade Crest Tools) Weight: 1/8" wide strip lead cut to length of hook or longer (Cascade Crest Tools) Legs: Silicone Micro Mini Legs, barred black on orange (Cascade Crest Tools) Weedguard (Optional): 16 or 20 lb. Hard Mason, one and a half to two times the hook shank length Wing: Faux Fox wire brush, color of your choice Using a dubbing brush tied in at the front and wrapped around the back of the hook and back to the front makes the wing of this shrimp fly stay with the hook and body on the fly's descent. Having the weight in the body in lieu of barbells helps avoid fine grasses from catching on the barbells or having them catch in coral crevices. Also, with the weight to on top of the hook bend half of the fly, the front/tail of the fly comes up off the bottom with the slightest manipulation from the fly fisher and it tends to dart a little when given quick, short strips. I like the action of the rubber legs but they are optional and in fact were not included on my prototype of this fly, which I called simply, Shrimphead. The Shrimphead caught many redfish and sheepshead but being a tier and tinkerer and always wanting to complicate things, I decided to incorporate silicone legs for added action. As with most shrimp flies, I believe this will do a good job of impersonating a fleeing crawfish in freshwater.