Bahamian Shrimp: Brilliant for Bonefish
Recreate these flies at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource.
- Mustad Hook 34007SS (#4)
- UTC Thread 210, White
- Bead Chain Eyes, Large, Black
- Krystal Flash, Red/ Pearl
- Krystal Flash, UV Purple
- Krystal Flash, Black/ Pearl
- Crystal Flash, Mirror (manufactured by Rumpf)
- Senyo’s Laser Dub, Tan
- Bucktail, Pink
- Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Hardener, Clear (#2103)
- Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Xtreme Wear, Disco Ball (#180)
Design Inspiration & Detail
I wanted to create a shrimp fly with very neutral tones (pastels of light pinks, tans, etc.) and contrast them with dark colored antennae. Figured this would work very well in Caribbean waters where pinks, tans, and browns do the trick. While tying the fly, I kept twists to a minimum for dubbing and added wing material sparsely. For a little zing/ flash, I used Sally Hansen Hard As Nails (Disco Ball) – the metal flake in this stuff is wild.
This particular fly was designed to attract Bonefish and Permit – many other species will also take the fly on a retrieve.