Tight Line Shrimp

Published Jan 29th 2013

A go to shrimp fly for tailing redfish from Laguna Madre based fly fisherman Roy Lopez.


Tight Line Shrimps

Shrimp seem to be the stock food of a whole row of fish from cold water sea trout to the fish of the warm and tropical realms like the redfish of Texas and the bonefish of the Caribbean.
This fly is designed to look like the real thing, but also have enough color and flash to attract attention though slightly murky water. It's light and fluffy, and will land gently. But its lightness also means that it's not a plunger, and it will no sink swiftly in deeper water, so I prefer using it in the shallows, particularly for tailing redfish on the flats.

TypeWarm saltwater fly
Roy Lopez

Hook#4,6,8 Mustad 34007
ThreadOrange 140 denier
Tail (shrimp tentacles)Pink bucktail, brown bucktail, pink flash
DubbingOrange opossum or similar
AntennaeMoose mane
EyesBurnt 40 lbs mono
BodyPink Wapsi Wing N´Flash (Alternative Angel Hair, SLF hanks)

Crabs and shrimps

Tying instructions
  1. First start a thread base just before the bend of the hook .
  2. Then cut a piece of pink bucktail about a half inch in length from the very top of the hide. It's the top part that is the finest.
  3. Then from the center of the bucktail cut a half inch of brown deer hair to form the thorn of the shrimp.
  4. Next I like to dub about 3 inches of thread with orange fine cut opossum fur and form a small bump.
  5. Tie in a couple of moose mane hairs as antennae. They can be quite long.
  6. Next cut a piece of mono about an inch long an with a lighter burn the tips to form eyes . The length of the mono should then be about half an inch once both sides are burned.
  7. Next lay the eyes diagonally across he hook and cinch it down by warping it in a figure eight pattern.
  8. Next you create a dubbing loop about 2 to 3 inches long and run your bobbin to the eye of the hook.
  9. Grab your Wing N'Flash and cut 2" lengths and spread it evenly through your dubbing loop.
  10. Once it is spread twist the loop locking the Wing N'Flash in.
  11. Lastly palmer the dubbing forward and tie off at the eye of the hook.
  12. I like to grab a bodkin and pick away the entangled pieces of wing and flash. This will give it a full body.

Step 1: Tail - Start the thread at the hook bend and tie in a small bunch of pink bucktail
Step 1: Tail

Step 2: Thorn, dubbing - Tie in an even smaller bunch of brown bucktail, Dub the thread and make a small bump to support the antennae and eyes
Step 2: Thorn, dubbing
Step 3: Antennae - Tie in a couple of moose mane hairs as antennae
Step 3: Antennae

Step 4: Eyes - Burn a piece of thick mono to form eyes. Color them black with varnish if you want black eyes
Step 4: Eyes
Step 5: Eyes, dubbing loop - Tie in the eyes pointing 45 deg. away from the shank and form a dubbing loop over the tie-in point. Wind the thread to the hook eye.
Step 5: Eyes, dubbing loop
Step 6: Flash - Cut the flash to suitable length and arrange parallel as shown
Step 6: Flash

Step 7: In the loop - Put the flash into the dubbing loop and distribute evenly over its length
Step 7: In the loop
Step 8: Twist loop - Spin the loop to form a loose dubbing rope
Step 8: Twist loop

Step 9: Wrap the dubbing - Form a body with the dubbing, tie down, cut thread and tease out the dubbing fibers
Step 9: Wrap the dubbing


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