Fly Patterns

Poppin Flats Shrimp: Brown


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.

Fly-Tying Materials

  • Mustad S71SNP-DT (#1/0)
  • Danville 210 Thread, Nylon, Flat Wax, Brown
  • Krystal Flash, Tan/ Pearl
  • Foam, 1.5 mm, Brown
  • Foam, 3 mm, Brown
  • EP Foxy Brush, 3″, Tan
  • EP Foxy Brush, 1.5″, Rust
  • EP Foxy Brush, 1.5″, Tan
  • Zebco Monofilament Eyes, 30#, Clear (gelled w Loon UV Wader Repair *)
  • ZAP-A-GAP

Design Inspiration & Detail

This particular design was inspired by Jesse’s ongoing effort to bring an effective Gurgler pattern and a shrimp pattern closer together – a realistic shrimp Gurgler was the goal. After a few years of tweaking it here and there, he finally settled on a few favorite color schemes and a set list of materials that looked and performed best. Most variations of the Poppin’ Flats Shrimp sell at $22.00 for three. For further info on Jesse and a look at more of his fly patterns, see Flies by Backwater Fly Fishing.

* Homemade eyes consist of Zebco 30# Clear Monofilament dipped in Loon UV Wader Repair that was mixed with Green sparkle/ flakes. The Loon UV Wader Repair is cheaper than other gels and can usually be found on sale for around $5 or so. It hardens well and is certainly good enough for making eyes. Hit the gel with a UV light to solidify and you’re good to go.

Target Species

Jesse started out testing this fly on Redfish and Sea Trout, but soon started landing Snook and baby Tarpon on it. Ladyfish in the Indian River seem to get a kick out of it also.

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