Royal Scampi: Using EP Fiber Creatively
Recreate this fly at home! A list of materials used to make this fly are 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 (#2)
- UTC Thread 210, Tan
- Bead Chain Eyes, Large, Gold
- Krystal Flash, Black/ Pearl
- Krystal Flash, UV Purple
- Ice Dub, UV Shrimp Pink (always appears orange)
- Senyo’s Fusion Dub, Flame
- EP Fiber, Black
- EP Fiber, Beige
- Rooster Saddle, Long, Natural Brown
- Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Hardener, Clear (#2103)
Design Inspiration & Detail
A Bonefish fly is really one of the easiest flies to tie. I pulled together a few natural colors and began experimenting with scampi and shrimp patterns until this fly materialized. More often than not, my greatest creations come from haphazard placement of materials. In an effort to hide the dubbing from the top of the fly and give it a shinny shell-like back, I took some Beige EP Fiber and created a “band” over the top. The champagne look of the Beige color really gives the fly a shimmer and adds some overall contrast. I also used only ten (10) strands of Black EP Fiber and tied it in with Krystal Flash. The EP Fiber strands are so thin, it seemed perfect for simulating all the minutia (stuff) that sits in front of the shrimp. Don’t ask me what the stuff is, I couldn’t tell you. We know it looks good though! Take this pattern and change up the colors – make it work for the next place you plan to chase Bonefish or Permit.
This particular fly was designed to attract Bonefish and Permit – many other species will also take the fly on a retrieve.