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The Shrimp
  |  First Published: April 2011



Another one of the larger and substantial food items for the trout are the shrimps.

Shrimps provide plenty of protein and help the fish pack on condition after spawning and long cold winters. Depending on the waterway shrimp can be quite prolific.

Shrimps are more commonly found in the slower weedier sections of rivers and streams, and the weed beds and shallow flooded bays in lakes and impoundments. During higher water levels these weed beds are generally well submerged so using an intermediate line to get the fly down to the levels of the fish is an option. Adding some weight during the tying process is an option to.

As water levels drop into the warmer months these weed beds can become more exposed and accessible to the angler and fish can often be seen moving in the weed beds early and late in the day. Careful approaches opens up the chance to polaroid fish as they cruise the edges and gaps in the weed beds.

When fishing to the deep weed beds with your intermediate or weighted flies you will need to count your flies down progressively until you are in the zone. To gauge this if you are starting to collect the bottom or bring up weed you should shorten your count a bit, which will put your fly into the correct depth. Alternatively if your fly is getting wacked by fish you’re obviously in the right spot.

When retrieving the shrimp pattern especially when fishing it blind, a number of options are available. Use a constant slow figure eight retrieve, or make several short sharp strips followed by a short pause.

Inert presentations of the fly, especially in the deeper water, can be achieved by tying the pattern using a strip of closed cell foam for the shell instead of the scudback. This will allow the fly to sit buoyant above the bottom or weed bed.

Sight fishing the pattern is a little more exciting and sometimes frustrating. Polaroiding the cruising fish is a matter of laying the trap, cast your pattern ahead of the fish and allow it to settle in the water ahead of it, imparting some movement as the trout nears or leaving it inert is up to you, often a rapid movement of the fish towards the fly is an indication of interest, knowing when the fly has been taken is another as a fly can be rejected in the blink of an eye once swallowed.

But if you see the leader move, lift, or if you see what appears to be the fish chewing also lift.

That’s about as simple as it can be put.

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TYING INSTRUCTIONS and MATERIALS

HOOK:Mustad C49S #8
THREAD:Olive pre waxed 6/0
BODY: Pale watery midge dubbing
EYES:Burnt mono.
RIB:Green Spanflex.
SHELL:3mm clear Scudback
FEELERS;Pearl Krystal Flash.

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