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Imitator Shrimp
Imitator Shrimp
By Octavio Campos Salles Araujo, Brazil ("BG")

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Imitator Shrimp

This shrimp pattern is especially effective on a variety of coastal saltwater fishes. I've found it very good for our fat snook here in Brazil, but it should also work very well for spotted seatrout, among others. This fly is very resistent because its body is made of epoxy. It can be tied on several different colors, like brown, chartreuse and white. In this case I listed the materials necessary to tie a pink version, like the one in the photos.


    Hooks:  Daiichi X452 or similar, sizes 8 to 1.

    Thread:  Pink, 6/0 or 3/0.

    Tail:  Pink calftail and two brown grizzly hackles.

    Antennae:  Orange Krystal Flash.

    Eyes:  Black plastic bead.

    Wing:  Pink Calftail.

    Body:  5 minute Epoxy.

    Weedguard:  30 or 40 lb. mono, (optional).

Tying Steps:

1. Wind thread from hook eye to the start of the hook bend. Tie in a small clump of calftail of approximately 1 and one half to 2 times the size of the hook shank. The tail should point downwards, this will give a better action to the fly, as well as a more realistic look.

2. Fix a grizzly hackle at each side of the calftail. The hackles should have the same length of the calftail and point outwards. Tie a few small strands of Krystal Flash over the calftail and then two long strands to form the antennae.

3. With the thread to the hook point and tie in a black plastic bead eye.

4. Tie a small clump of calftail over the hook shank and let it lay over it up to midshank. Wind the thread over it, creating a slightly tapered body to the hook eye. You must wind the thread over it until it is well against the bead eyes. Next tie a mono weedguard (if needed) and tie off the thread.

5. Mix some five minute epoxy and apply it around the hook. You must apply a larger amount over the upper body. Also apply a bit in front of the eyes. You can't leave this fly to set on a drying weel, if you do so the epoxy won't set with the correct form. You should turn it as needed in the vise, and use a needle to correct any imperfections, you want to create a slick, tapered body. Then just wait for it to set completely and go catch some fish!

Fishing Suggestions:

BG - Brazilian Guy
I found that a slow, twitching retrieve is best. I've had success with it around mangroves and rocky areas. ~ BG

Octavio is the editor of a neat Brazilian fly fishing website, with whom we share information. Take a look at Fly on Line Brazil even if you don't speak the language the pictures are great!

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