Premade eyes for shrimp, crab and damsel nymph patterns don't come cheap. I actually considered them so expensive that I never used them. Until I thought of hairbrushes.
By Martin Joergensen
The Fat Shrimp
Read about hair brush eyes
|Bidoz aluminum tube, 15 mm
|White 6/0 or Monocord
|Strip of heavy duty, clear plastic bag, 3-4 mm wide
|Black from a hair brush
|Natural white rabbit
- Line the tube with thin plastic tubing and melt both ends to form a tightly fitting collar
- Mount the prepared tube in a tube vice
- Start the thread 3-4 millimeters from the rear end
- Take a small bunch of bucktail and tie in as antennae pointing to the rear of the tube and extending a bit longer than the length of the tube
- Cover the butts with thread taking it to the front end of the tube
- Do not trim the butts but take the thread so close to the collar of the tube that the hairs flare out to form a tail.
- Trim tail to a suitable shape and length
- Prepare two hair brush eyes by bending them slightly just under the 'pupil'
- Tie in the eyes on top of the tube a bit on eahc side
- Cover the eye stalks with tying thread
- Cut a narrow strip of plastic, taper one end and tie in pointing to the rear of the tube
- Tie in ribbing pointing to the rear of the tube
- Dub the tube using fine rabbit fur. Shape a thin layer of dubbing to a tapered shape. We do not want the Fat Shrimp too fat!
- Fold the plastic forwards over the body and tie down just behind the collar
- Trim the plastic as close to the collar as you can. Pull ligthly on the platic while cutting. The butt will retract in under the thread
- Rib tightly over the dubbing and plastic shell
- Trim ribbing
- Whip finish and varnish
- Tease out legs with a velcro teaser
- Add a piece of silicone tubing - 5-10 millimeters
- Add a very short shank, preferably stainless, hook size 4-10