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First published September 24th 2002 - More than 12 years ago
A small shrimp imitation
By Martin Joergensen
This matching seems to be most important when the fish are focused on shrimps or other crustaceans like small gammarus and mysis species which is often the case in the fall where the fish have a huge selection of food items.
This fly is such an imitation. It is supposed to look like a small shrimp of the type that is often found in the fjords of Denmark. This shrimp will vary in size, but typically be less than 2 centimeters (3/4") and be characterized by a light gray or tan body which is almost transparent, long antennae and two black and very visible eyes. It moves forwards at a fairly decent pace, but escapes backwards in a quick movement. Easy match
The Match Shrimp - thusly called because of its size more than its matching capabillities - is a great imitation and very easy to tie. I prefer using a heavy hook and lead wire to make it penetrate the surface, but you might choose otherwise. One disadvantage with the Partridge Sea Prince hook is its poor penetrating power in this small size. A hook of a thinner wire could be a better choice. Materials for The Match Shrimp
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