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Saltwater Shrimp tied by Ruben Martin

Saltwater shrimp flies are essential to a successful fishing trip to the flats. I’ve been frantically tying saltwater flies for the winter season and I’d like to give this shrimp pattern a good look. A few things to note, first, the epoxy eyes are dipped in a clear glitter nail polish. You’ll want to make sure this completely cures before you box it. The eyes themselves look like a custom job, and I’d love to see how he goes about making them. The fox hair wing and tail(mouth parts) is a favorite material to work with. I prefer it to the much loved craft fur because of the natural randomness it provides and the way it moves in the water. The fly is capped off with a dab of orange paint (eggs?), something I would personally omit. I can’t wait to toss this into some warm brine this winter.

Saltwater Shrimp Fly Pattern

Hook: Standard saltwater ss hook
Thread: 6/0 tan
Tail: Tan fox hair , badger hackle tips
Eyes: bead chain (front) black epoxy eyes (back)
Legs: silicone skirt material
Body: D-rib
Wing: fox hair tan, pearl crystal flash
Head: orange paint

Be sure to check out this and other videos on Ruben Martin’s Youtube page.

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Bucanero – Aaron Caldwell

We don’t often feature saltwater flies on the blog, but they are an important part of the fly tyers diet. The good folks at Fish Tales Flyshop in Calgary have been busy adding some quality tutorials to their site. The shop organizes trips to warmer climates and they also have a selection of flies and materials to service that clientele.

This patterns features a Enrico Puglisi dubbing brush to give some bulk to the body. The material is nice to fish with with and I use the unwound version in streamer wings quite often. When it gets wet, it has a nice translucent appearance.

Here is a quote from the site about how the pattern came to be.

This bone fish fly has an interesting history. It is actually a combination of ideas that were introduced to me by two different tiers; David Blair and Terry Johnson. Terry makes a palmered rabbit hair fly with splayed feathers out the back that he calls the 10X10. Named that because on one of Terry’s trips to Cayo Coco it caught 10 good bones by 10 in the morning. David suggested using the Enrico Shrimp brush instead of the palmered rabbit hair to achieve the same type of fly.

Happy tying.

Bucanero - Aaron Caldwell
Bucanero - Aaron Caldwell

Bucanero Recipe – Click here for the tutorial at Fish Tales Flyshop

Hook: Daiichi x point or 2546 #4
Thread: Fluorescent pink or red flat waxed nylon by Danville
Dubbing: Shrimp pink ice dub or Enrico shrimp dub in pink
Claws: 4 hen cape feathers
Body: Enrico shrimp brush in pink.
Eyes: bead chain or x-small lead depending on depth of water to be fished.

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