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
Finally a good use for those annoying Trolls I keep stepping on in the middle of the night. The Troll Fly is a sweet little baitfish pattern and as seen in the video, works great for redfish. For that matter, I would also be looking to throw this fly at pike and bass. If you don’t have any of the dolls at hand, a patch of craft fur will do great in its place.
Troll Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: #2-3/0 Saltwater hook
Thread: White 210 denier
Tail: Flash blend synthetic hair alternate colors white and grey
Body: Pearl Angel Hair
Wing: Blue Troll hair (Craft Fur)
Throat: Pearl crystal flash
Eye: 3d molded eyes (match to hook size)
Head: UV Resin
Youtube Channel : Catch Cam Nets
Video: Troll Fly
The Backwater’s Micro Crab is one of those simple crab patterns that I really enjoy tying. I really dislike tying complex patterns when a simple fly will do the job just as well. My time on the vise is at a premium most days, and so if I need to build an arsenal of effective patterns, those with fewer steps involved rise to the top of my list. I would tie this with a straight silver or black painted barbell rather than the painted eyes as you already have a set of UV eyes on the pattern. No need to duplicate it. The silicone legs tied in the rear makes for an easy time of wrapping the polar chenille body. If you don’t have the calf tail, craft fur or fox will work just as well.
Backwater’s Micro Crab Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C47SD #4
Thread: Danville 210 Denier
Weight: Small lead dumbbell
Eyes: UV eyes (homemade)
Legs: Silicone legs 6-8
Body: Medium polar chenille
Wing: Calf tail
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