Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fly Tying - Matt's Simple Shrimp

Surf perch flies come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Most patterns are tied to imitate sand crabs and shrimp which are the primary food for surf perch. If you've never caught a surf perch on a fly rod before think of them as ocean bluegill on steroids. Just like bluegill, surf perch aren't too picky about what they eat therefore simple easy-to-tie patterns are all you need.

Matt's Simple Shrimp

  Material List:
Daiichi - 2546 - size 6
Danville 70 Denier Flymaster - Red - 6/0
Brass Dumbell Eyes - Medium
Krystal Chenille - Red
Krystal flash - Red Pearl
Rabbit Fur - Red

Fly Tying Instruction
Step 1
 Step 1 - Clamp the hook into the vice and start your thread.

Step 2

Step 2 - Tie on the dumbbell eyes and figure eight some thread around it to secure.

Step 3

Step 3 - Work your thread towards the end of the shank. Cut off some rabbit fur from your rabbit strip and tie it in.

Step 5

Step 4 - Tie in four to five strands of krystal flash on to each side of the shank and be sure that they extend pass the rabbit fur. Cut the ends so they are even.

Step 6

Step 5 - Tie in the krystal chenille.

Step 7

Step 6 - Wrap the chenille towards the dumbbell eyes and try to create a tapered body. Once you have a slight taper begin wrapping the chenille around the dumbbell eyes to complete the tapered body.

Step 8

Step 7 - Cut off the excess chenille and whip finish twice. You can also dap a bit of zap-a-gap to the thread to make sure it stays extra secured. Finished!

Matt's Simple Shrimp

Extra Information

The Simple Shrimp is a proven pattern that has out-fished many of the other surf perch patterns that I've used. I use the Simple Shrimp as a dropper with my go-to orange sand crab pattern. Eighty percent of the time I will hook up on the Simple Shrimp. The Simple Shrimp is a very productive surf perch pattern that is quick and easy to tie.

1 comment:

  1. Cool pattern Matt!! Thank you! Would you mind sharing your orange sand crab pattern?