Allan's Winter Shrimp

Published Nov 11th 2012

A simple shrimp pattern that does not use the popular but expensive Spey hackle


Alan's Winter Shrimp

This is my suggestion for a simple shrimp fly that won't cost you a fortune in Whiting Spey Hackle. I typically fish in slow and long strips when it's cold, but a quick, jerky retrieve has also proven itself effective at times.

HookTMC200rR size 6
ThreadUTC 70 white
Mouth parts 1Natural gray mallard flank feathers
Mouth parts 2Black emu feathers (alternative: black CDC)
AntennaeTwo stripped stems from blue dun hackle feathers
EyesTwo black mono eyes (store bought or home made)
BodyPink SLF dubbing
WeightA strip of adhesive weight or whatever you normally use for weight
LegsGrizzly feather
ShieldOrange Ultra Hair (alternative: Gliss-n-Glint from Deer Creek)
ShellDiamond Hard UV resin


Tying instructions
  • Tie up a thread base to the hook tip.
  • Tie a bunch of mallard feathers down the hook bend. Clip excess off at an angle.
  • Tie a little bunch of black emu/CDC on top of the mallard feathers.
  • Tie in two antennae of stripped hackle, one on each side.
  • Tie a small clump of pink SLF dubbing behind the mouth parts.
  • Tie the eyes on. The dubbing keeps them separated in a V.
  • Tie the rest down towards the hook eye. Secure it with varnish.
  • Tie in a grizzly feather, the shiny side facing you.
  • Apply a "lead" strip (Optional)
  • Make a thin dubbing loop of SLF. Dub a body to 3 millimeters from the hook eye.
  • Wrap the grizzly feather in tight turns
  • Secure the feather and make a half hitch.
  • Stroke the barbs down on each side.
  • Cut the back free to make room for a shield.
  • Tie in orange Ultra Hair behind the hook eye. This must be done in two stages the first shortest and the second longer, so that it reaches over the mouth parts.
  • The first bunch of Ultra Hair is kept low between the eyes. Apply resin and cure to secure it.
  • The next set of Ultra Hair is tied in 1 centimeter beyond the eye.
  • Finish with a whip finish.
  • Build up the shield with resin in several layers. Hold the Ultra Hair tightly down over the first bundle.
  • Cut the tail. I hold a razor blade between the hook eye and the fibers at an angle and apply a drop of resin and cure. Trim with scissors and the fly is finished. PS: The tail is optional.

Step 2 - mallard - Tie in a bunch to imitate mouth parts
Step 2 - mallard
Step 3 - emu or CDC - More mouth parts and thing that move
Step 3 - emu or CDC
Step 4 - antennae - Tie in stripped hackle stems as antennae
Step 4 - antennae
Step 5 - dubbing and eyes - The pink dubbing supports and splits the eyes
Step 5 - dubbing and eyes
Step 6 - grizzly feather - The barbs will become legs
Step 6 - grizzly feather
Step 7 - weight - Wrap adhesive weight foil around the shank
Step 7 - weight
Step 8 - dubbing - Make a dubbing loop, apply dubbing, twist and cover the body with an even layer of dubbing
Step 8 - dubbing
Step 9 - wrap hackle - Wrap the grizzly hackle and stroke down the barbs to form legs
Step 9 - wrap hackle
Step 10 - first bunch of Ultra hair - Tie in a bunch of Ultra Hair at the hook eye and pull tight up between the eyes, Secure with a thin layer of Diamond Hard UV resin
Step 10 - first bunch of Ultra hair
Step 11 - cure - Cure the resin while holding down the Ultra Hair.
Step 11 - cure
Step 12 - shell and tail - Trim the first Ultra Hair, tie in a second bunch and form a shell over both with several layers of Diamond Hard UV resin. Form a tail, cover with resin, cure and trim to shape
Step 12 - shell and tail
Done - Alan\\\'s Winter Shrimp is ready to fish

User comments
GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted December 9th 2012


Click on the image or go here for a complete list of materials and a step-by-step instruction on how to tie the fly.


Comment to an image
From: Juha · juha.sipinen·at·  Link
Submitted December 9th 2012

Is it UV paint you make the back?

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