Martin Bawden has done it again with another innovative product from the R&D labs at Flymen Fishing Co . The new Shrimp & Cray Tail adds a bit of realism to your crayfish and shrimp patterns while adding the weight and leverage required to turn over the fly patterns.
Think about it – as fly tyers we put a tremendous amount of creativity and innovative use of materials to realistically imitate the appearance of shrimp or crayfish eyes, feelers, mandibles, and other body parts, and then blow it by placing an unnaturally shaped piece of metal in the place where the tail of the fly is supposed to be.
The tails come in 3 sizes to accommodate hooks sized #8 to #2 and larger, and currently come in gold and silver finishes. We would love to see a wider range of colors in shrimp and crayfish colors down the road, but a little paint in the meantime should suffice.
I’m fully expecting to see a slew of new patterns incorporating the Shrimp & Cray Tails in the coming months, and can not wait to get my hands on some to try out my own crayfish and saltwater shrimp patterns. Small and medium sizes come with 20 pieces per package and 15 pieces in the large size. They will retail for $5.95 per package. Fish-Skull® Shrimp & Cray Tail™
here is a sweet, simple looking fly designed for the European grayling populations. It is a new material for me, catgut that is, but it has quite a convincing look as a body material. Check out the step by step of the Catgut Nymph here. These look incredible soaked and I need to find some of this material to try out.
Fly hook: Daiichi D900 #16/18
Thread: UniThread 8/0 white
Body: CatGut – white
Head and torax: Dubbing – Mad rabbit Dubbing – natural