JJ's Succulent Shrimp

jj succulent shrimpI created this pattern from looking at other patterns out there and combining some of the best elements from them. Its an easy tie that produces a great looking shrimp. Colors could be altered to match your local "hatch" as well. 

The weight at the eye of the hook makes this fly ride hook point up to keep from snagging the bottom, and also gives it a nice swim and dive when retrieved. The back is covered in UV resin to add durabilility, this fly should last quite a few fish.

I hope you have success with this pattern and enjoy tying them as much as I do!

Materials List
Hook: Size 4 Saltwater
Thread: Clear Mono & Tan for Segments
Weight: Beadchain or Dumbell eyes
Shell Back: Pink Swiss Straw Coated with UV Resin
Eyes: Melted Nylon
Claws: Grizzly Hackle tips
Antennae: 25lb Mono
Thorax: Pink/Orange Cactus Chenille Lrg
Legs: Sand/Orange-Black or Black and Clear Sili Legs.
Body: Pearl Cactus Chenille Med

 

Tying Instructions
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jj succulent shrimp step-01
Start by tying in your weighted eyes on the top of the shank with figure 8 wraps and secure by cinching around the base. Be sure to leave enough room to tie in the swiss straw at the end of the fly. Add a dab of superglue to lock the eyes in.

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jj succulent shrimp step-02
Flip the hook in the vise as the rest of the tie will be upsidedown.

 

Tie in a length of Pink Swiss Straw slightly up the bend of the hook and set it to one side for now.

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jj succulent shrimp step-03
Prepare your nylon eyes by melting a ball on each end. You could use heavy clear mono for this, but I find that the black nylon bristles from broom I found work perfectly.

 

Tie the eyes in with figure 8 wraps and put a dab of superglue to keep them secured.

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jj succulent shrimp step-04
Take a 6" piece of 25lb mono and bend in half being careful to have he final result where the natural bend in the mono is pointing up when folded. Use a Red and Brown marker to dot the mono to give it some color and the appearance of movement when in the water. Tie this in behind the eyes with the ends towards the bend and facing upwards. Run the mono under the eyes and the bend above the shank.

 

Tie in your 2 grizzly hackle tips so they are splayed out like claws.

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jj succulent shrimp step-05
Tie in the Pink/Orange Cactus Chenille and wrap once in front of the eyes and 2-3 behind and tie off.
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jj succulent shrimp step-06
Tie in 3 pair of legs and separate them to either side.
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jj succulent shrimp step-07
Tie in your pearl Cactus Chenille. Pull your legs forward and put the first wraps of chenille over the legs to point them back toawrds the hook bend. Continue to wrap forward to the weighted eyes and tie off.
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jj succulent shrimp step-08
Fold your Swiss Straw forward towards the eye of the hook and secure in front of the weighted eyes. Whip finish and cut your clear mono thread at this point.
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jj succulent shrimp step-09
Cut the end of the straw to form a tail.

 

Using your Tan thread create segments at the thorax and a couple behind that working towards the eye. To do this just tie on the thread like you would on a bare shaft and complete with a half hitch and trim. Repeat this for each segment. The UV Resin will lock in those threads, so do not worry about them being super secure at this point.

 

Coat the Swiss Straw with UV resin and hit with your light to cure. Be sure to coat the tail, being careful not to get any in the eye of the hook.

 jj succulent shrimp

jj succulent shrimp

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