Brush eyes

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
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Fat Shrimp on a tube utilizing hair brush eyes - click to read article
Bidoz aluminum tube, 15 mm
White 6/0 or Monocord
White bucktail
Strip of heavy duty, clear plastic bag, 3-4 mm wide
Black from a hair brush
Silver tinsel
Natural white rabbit

Tying instructions:
  • 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
  • Varnish
  • 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

Fat Shrimp on a tube utilizing hair brush eyes - click to read article

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