Shrimp Flies 
 - by Mindaugas Valiukevicius

Shrimp Flies

                  
                                                                  Cascade Castor Shrimp                                                                                                                                      Cascade Castor Shrimp

Cascade Castor Shrimp

Tube: 1,8mm black plastic; extension - clear water-blue soft plastic tubing;

Body: silver twist for the tip; rear half - gold holographic mylar, front half - black twist

Feelers/rear hackle: mix of dyed orange and yellow squirrel tail fibers spun in a dubbing loop and wound round; orange crystal flash on the sides

Body hackle: yellow soft hackle or cock saddle hackle

Eyes: V cut from golden pheasant tippet feather, tips varnished. Tied in under body hackle

Shellback/wing: dyed black Castor Rex rabbit zonker strip cut in triangle to gain distinctive diamond shape shellback

Front hackle: dyed red badger saddle hackle

Head: orange cone head or tying thread

 

        
                                                                      Apache Castor Shrimp

Apache Castor Shrimp

Tube: 1,8mm black plastic; extension - clear hot red soft plastic tubing;

Body: silver twist for the tip; rear half - gold holographic mylar, front half - red holographic mylar

Feelers/rear hackle: dyed red squirrel tail fibers spun in a dubbing loop and wound round; pearl crystal flash on the sides

Body hackle: yellow soft hackle or cock saddle hackle

Eyes: V cut from golden pheasant tippet feather, tips varnished. Tied in under body hackle

Shellback/wing: black barred red Castor Rex rabbit zonker strip cut in triangle to gain distinctive diamond shape shellback

Front hackle: dyed red badger saddle hackle

Head: red cone head or tying thread



        
                                                                    
Curry’s Castor Shrimp

Curry’s Castor Shrimp

Tube: 1,8mm black plastic; extension - clear water-blue soft plastic tubing;

Body: silver twist for the tip; rear half - red flat braid, front half - black twist

Feelers/rear hackle: raccoon dog body guard hairs spun in a dubbing loop and wound round; orange mirror flash on the sides

Body hackle: dyed red silver badger saddle hackle

Eyes: Tied in under body hackle small Jungle cock feathers

Shellback/wing: dyed black Castor Rex rabbit zonker strip cut in triangle to gain distinctive diamond shape shellback

Front hackle: silver badger saddle hackle

Head: red cone head or tying thread

                  
                                                                Black Sheep Castor Shrimp                                                                                                                            Black Sheep Castor Shrimp

Black Sheep Castor Shrimp

Tube: 1,8mm plastic; extension - clear chartreuse soft plastic tubing;

Body: silver twist for the tip; black plastic tubing, uncovered

Feelers/rear hackle: raccoon dog body guard hairs spun in a dubbing loop and wound round

Eyes: V cut from golden pheasant tippet feather, tips varnished. Tied in under the wing

Shellback/wing: dyed sunburst Castor Rex rabbit zonker strip cut in triangle to gain distinctive diamond shape shellback; mirror flash on each side

Front hackle: silver doctor blue under silver badger saddle hackle

Head: red cone head or tying thread


       
                                                                 Yellow Castor Shrimp

Yellow Castor Shrimp

Tube: 1,8mm black plastic; extension - clear water-blue soft plastic tubing;

Body: silver twist for the tip; rear half - gold flat braid, front half - gold flat braid

Feelers/rear hackle: raccoon dog body guard hairs spun in a dubbing loop and wound round; black mirror flash on the sides

Body hackle: primrose yellow soft hackle or cock saddle hackle

Eyes: V cut from golden pheasant tippet feather, tips varnished. Tied in under body hackle

Shellback/wing: dyed burnt orrange Castor Rex rabbit zonker strip cut in triangle to gain distinctive diamond shape shellback

Front hackle: silver badger saddle hackle

Head: black cone head or tying thread

 

       
                                                                   Green Castor Shrimp

Green Castor Shrimp

Tube: 1,8mm black plastic; extension - clear chartreuse soft plastic tubing;

Body: silver twist for the tip; rear half - copper mylar, front half - black twist

Feelers/rear hackle: raccoon dog body guard hairs spun in a dubbing loop and wound round

Body hackle: green soft hackle or cock saddle hackle

Eyes: V cut from golden pheasant tippet feather, tips varnished. Tied in under body hackle

Shellback/wing: dyed burnt orange Castor Rex rabbit zonker strip cut in triangle to gain distinctive diamond shape shellback

Front hackle: fiery brown/furnace saddle hackle

Head: gunmetal cone head or black tying thread


        
                                                                         Blue Castor Shrimp

Blue Castor Shrimp

Tube: 1,8mm black plastic; extension - clear hot red soft plastic tubing;

Body: silver twist for the tip; rear half - silver flat braid, front half - gold flat braid

Feelers/rear hackle: raccoon dog body guard hairs spun in a dubbing loop and wound round

Body hackle: blue soft hackle or cock saddle hackle

Eyes: V cut from golden pheasant tippet feather, tips varnished. Tied in under body hackle

Shellback/wing: dyed black Castor Rex rabbit zonker strip cut in triangle to gain distinctive diamond shape shellback

Front hackle: silver badger saddle hackle

Head: black cone head or tying thread


                     
                                                                       Orange Castor Shrimp                                                                                                                                    Orange Castor Shrimp

Orange Castor Shrimp

Tube: 1,8mm black plastic; extension - clear water-blue soft plastic tubing;

Body: silver twist for the tip; rear half - gold flat braid, front half - gold flat braid

Feelers/rear hackle: raccoon dog body guard hairs spun in a dubbing loop and wound round

Body hackle: orange soft hackle or cock saddle hackle

Eyes: V cut from golden pheasant tippet feather, tips varnished. Tied in under body hackle

Shellback/wing: dyed burnt orange Castor Rex rabbit zonker strip cut in triangle to gain distinctive diamond shape shellback

Front hackle: silver badger saddle hackle

Head: gold cone head or tying thread


Foto and text by
Mindaugas Valiukevicius

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