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    Default Currys Red Shrimp

    Have been meaning to do this for a while so here goes to kick things off - go easy with your comments . I got a bit carried away so to keep it manageable I will post in steps of 5. Hope this proves useful, I know every time I watch someone different tie I pick up something new

    Materials:
    - size 12 silver ED treble with red tying thread
    - tag - silver oval
    - tail - GP breast feather dyed orange and silver krystal hair
    - rear body - silver wire rib over red lite brite
    - middle hackle - silver badger dyed red
    - front body - silver wire rib over black lite brite, JC
    - front hackle - cream badger

    Part One



    tie in red thread down to back of hook, no need to cover the hook completely - this will happen anyway and you want to always bear in mind keeping the bulk down



    tie in the oval silver, tie in from below/the side



    wrap oval round the hook to create the tag, then tie off and trim



    tie in the silver krystal hair, there are many ways of doing this but I always loop and tie in a shorter length first



    I then cut and fold back the longer length - by having two distinct lengths means that when wet it doesn't 'glue together' and so gives more twickle/flash
    Finn Gold perfection

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    Part Two




    select a suitable GP breast feather, I like to used the dyed orange ones as it gives a great colour in the water



    strip back the waste feathers and fold back like you would a normal feather



    tie in the feather - I do it by the base end as I find it easier to tie in the point when you have finished winding on the hackle - again this helps to keep the bulk down



    as with other hackles I double/fold back the hackles



    wind round the hackle, being careful not to ***** yourself on the treble (doubles are much easier to tie with but in Ireland trebles are more popular). At this stage it looks very messy but this is sorted out in the next step
    Finn Gold perfection

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    Part Three




    stroke back the hackle and straighten out any that are bent round the shank of the hook. When you have got the hackles arranged neatly then stroke back and tie in so that they are angled backwards



    tie in the silver wire, I use wire as it is much more durable that oval, can be a bit harder on your scissors though, esp if you have a good pair



    in this version of the fly I have used lite bright rather than floss, the lite brite is a great material and as you use the fly it becomes frayed which gives a great effect. For low water summer conditions you would be better using the floss body to give a slimer profile



    dub on the lite brite to make a 'rope' - the thread I use is pre-waxed but I also add a bit extra on to make the job easier



    wrap round the rope of lite brite and tie off
    Finn Gold perfection

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    Part Four




    wrap round the silver wire and tie off



    the original pattern uses natural badger, I prefer to use a dyed red version as I think it gives more colour and attraction to the fly



    select a feather by measuring it against the hook, this helps to give the correct proportions



    when you have selected a feather stroke back the hackles, then to make it easier to tie in I cut back the end tips - this helps to grip in the feather .



    tie in the feather
    Finn Gold perfection

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    Part Five




    I use the back of my scissors to stroke back the hackles so they are at an angle, this makes it easier to double the hackle



    I double the hackle to help it wind on easily and to give a more uniform profile



    wind round the hackle stroking back the hackles after each turn



    finish winding and tie off



    tie in the silver wire for the front body
    Finn Gold perfection

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    Part Six




    tie in the silver wire for the front body



    make a rope of black lite brite as before and wind round



    wind round and tie off the silver wire



    select JC, again by measuring against the fly/hook



    strip off waste feather to leave tips
    Finn Gold perfection

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    Part Seven




    tie in the JC



    tie in badger hackle



    angle back the hackles as before and wind round, tie off, wip finish and varnish



    the finished fly - top profile



    the finished fly - side profile
    Finn Gold perfection

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    I don't salmon fish but the fly is a work of art.

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    beautiful easky. i can see what rrw was talking about now

    will have to get you to show me how you are doing your hackles some time. i can double etc but they don't look as good as yours.


    ps where did u get that red badger cape? what type of capes are u using?
    Last edited by thewickedpickett; 09-11-2006 at 05:24 PM.

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    Very Very nice , good job . if you like i could get you some work

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