When Nick ran into oldtimer Marsh Demott and was told about this fishcatcher, he paid attention. He took the original pattern and made a couple minor adjustments. The Foxy Shrimp, as the name implies is a fox hair based shrimp. The pattern takes advantage of both a section of dubbing loop and a wire brush. The video also gives you a good overview of some of the newer Loon tying tools. The bright yellow should stand out on a messy desk and allow you to quickly find your tools. Hope to see the Loon Nit Picker added to the line-up soon.
If you want a kit with everything you need to tie this pattern, you can find it here on Nick’s site.
Foxy Shrimp Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Daiichi 2546 #2
Thread: 210 FWN (Yellow)
Tail: Natural bucktail
Flash: Gold crystal flash
Eyes: Crustacean Eyes
Body: Arctic fox and EP 1.5″ Foxy Brush
Weed Guard: 40lb mono
Youtube Channel: In The Riffle
Youtube Video: Mega Prince fly tying video
Season 2 Episode 2 of Fly Shop of the Bighorns video series is now online and features author and pro tyer Rich Strolis tying his Masked Avenger articulated streamer pattern. The Masked Avenger is tied in 3 sections giving the pattern two points of articulation and the potential for an insane amount of movement in the water. The video isn’t typical of the how to videos you might be used to seeing, but if you have some intermediate knowledge of fly tying, it should be easy to follow, but there ae a couple spots, like the reverse tied arctic fox collar(s) that might trip you up. Practice the fly a few times and you’ll be a pro in no time.
If you haven’t already checked out Rich’s new book, Catching Shadows, I highly recomed doing so and discovering 20 killer patterns for the rivers this season.
Masked Avenger Fly Pattern Recipe
Rear Hook: Gamakatsu SP11-3L3H or Partridge Universal Predator Size 1
Thread: Veevus 140 Power Thread
Flash: Cascade Crest Krinkle Flash
Body: Cascade Crest Mirror Wrap
Wing: Reverse Tied Arctic Fox Tail
Shank: Flymen Fishing Articulated Shank or Partridge Predator Shank Size 20mm
Body: Cascade Crest Mirror Wrap
Wing: Reverse tied Arctic fox tail
Connection: 19 Strand Beadalon 1 lure bead
Front hook: Gamakatsu B10s size 1 or Partridge Attitude Extra size 2/0
Collar: Palmered Marabou
Body: Mirror Wrap
Throat: EP 1.5″ foxy brush color red
Wing: Reverse Tied Arctic Fox tail
Front Collar: EP 3″ Foxy Brush Color Black
Top: Speckled Flashabou
Head: Fish Skull Fish Mask size 6
Eyes: Fish Skull Living Eyes size 6
You can follow Zach Andres on vimeo and catch up on the first season of the show. You can also check out Rich’s latest fly tying videos on his Vimeo channel as well.
Here is a cool BAF Coho / Steelhead tube that uses the tiny ostrich spey hackle. I haven’t used them myself, but they do look pretty cool, like some cherry marabou. The fox wing is awesome for building strong flies, and the method used here will ensure this fly can be pounded on by the strong runs showing up on the west coast this year. Really well tied fly, and the Norvise is put to good use in many situations here. check out oncorhynchuskisutch’s YouTube channel for more video. Would love to see much more from him in the future.