The Junior Mysis

Published Jan 29th 2006

A mysis/shrimp imitation


I like patterns, which somehow imitate what sea trout prefer for dinner. Sculpins, sand eels, shrimp and mysis are often found during an autopsy.

Some years ago, Ken Bonde Larsen showed me a fly, which looked interesting. It was white and the dubbing extended in all directions, but in the water it looked amazingly different.
In a magazine an article showed a technique called "the aura technique" where the thread was dubbed and looped. A second and lighter dubbing material was added in the loop. That looked interesting too and when I read an article about mysis and studied some by myself I tied The Junior Mysis. The result was maybe more a shrimp than a mysis imitation.
So the inspiration to this pattern came from many places, and to claim that it was purely my idea might be overdoing it.

Seduced by the Junior Mysis - The fly is still stuck in the mouth of this fish
Seduced by the Junior Mysis
Resting mysis - Here you can see the effect of the inner color and the light dubbing on the ouside. This is sometimes referred to as the aur-effect.
Resting mysis

This sea trout... - ...almost swallowed the Junior Mysis.
This sea trout...

I do not remember what I first called it. On a trip to Bornholm, where it (I) took some good sea trouts, my friends called me "The Mite" which was transferred to "Junior Mite", because I am the youngest member of our Team Bornholm. From there the name went to Junior Mysis, which I think is a very appropriate name. It goes something like this:

HookTiemco 200R og Kamasan B220 size 6-8.
Thread8/0, olive.
WeightLead free
TailAngel Hair, holograpic gold.
Mouth partsMarabou, grizzle.
EyesMelted nylon or FlyEyes, medium, black.
Body, rearRabbit dubbing, olive tan.
BodySquirrel dubbing, olive and SLF dubbing, white.
HeadRabbit dubbing, olive tan.

Watch out! - Being a Junior Mysis is a dangerous way of living.
Watch out!

Tying instructions
  1. Add weight 6-10 wraps. Secure it with some super glue
  2. Tie in 6-8 strands of angel hair as tail.
  3. On top of the tail, tie in a bunch of short marabou or use the fluffy part of a grizzle hackle - the part which is often being thrown out..
  4. Tie in a pair of eyes. Align them against each other.
  5. Dub the thread with rabbit dubbing and dub the eye base, forming a little ball.
  6. Now, wax the thread. Dub 10 cm with squirrel dubbing and make a dubbing loop. Put white SLF in the loop. Make sure to have the most at the top and less at the bottom.
  7. Spin!
  8. Turn the dubbing loop towards the eye. Stop 2-3 mm from the eye
  9. Form a nice little, but long head af rabbit dubbing.
  10. Whip finish

Materials - Every thing you need.
Step 1 - Add weight and glue.
Step 1

Step 2 - Tie in the Angel Hair.
Step 2
Step 3 - Tie in the marabou.
Step 3

Step 4 - Tie in the eyes. One of each side of the hook.
Step 4
Step 5 - Cut off the nylon from the eyes and tie them in in front of the lead.
Step 5

Step 6 - Tie in a small clump of rabbit dubbing.
Step 6
Step 7 - Wax and dub the thread with squirrel dubbing.
Step 7

Step 8 - Make a dubbing loop.
Step 8
Step 9 - Add SLF in to the loop and spin.
Step 9

Step 10 - Turn the dubbing loop towards the eye.
Step 10
Step 11 - Form a nice head and tease the fibres out from the body.
Step 11

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