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Edition: May 2018
Written By: Jerry Coviello
Photographed By: Jerry Coviello
Creator: Bob Popovics
Tier: Jerry Coviello
This is a very simple and effective pattern for Sea Trout (in Jersey we call them Weakfish), Redfish (drum), Stripers (Rockfish) and Blues. With the UV Resins that came on the market now make tying epoxy type flies easier to tie. You do not have to place your fly on a rotating drying rack and wait 5 to 10 minutes for them to dry. You can change the color of the materials to match the shrimp in your area.
Hook: Size 4 to 8 Saltwater Hook (Daiichi 2546)
Thread: Tan monocord or clear mono
Mouth: EP Fibers or Super Hair (color to match your shrimp) Green, White, Clear, Tan, Pink
Eyes: I am melting 30 lb. mono and adding a drop of UV Resin.
Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash
Underbody: Two strips of .030 lead free wire
Body: UV dubbing color to match shrimp. (Pearl, Green, Tan, Pink)
Back: EP Fibers or Super Hair
Shellback: Thick UV Resin Solarez (I like the Glow in the Dark for muddy waters or for night fishing)
Legs: Brown or tan hackle
Please hook in the vise and attach the tying thread, bring your thread to the bend of the hook.
Tie in the mouth, I am using Super Hair Tan color. The mouth should extend past the bend of the hood.
The length of the mouth is half the shank of the hook. Also, the ends should not be even.
Leave some long and short fibers past the bend.
Wrap your thread towards the middle of the shank of the hook.
Trim off the fibers and secure with wraps of thread and bring your
thread back to the bend of the hook.
From fishing this a few times the weight of the epoxy would turn the fly sideways.
So, to correct that I added lead free wire to the bottom of the hook shank.
First strip of wire added to the bottom of the shank of the hook.
Here is the second strip of lead free wire secured to the bottom of the shank of the hook.
Add a few fibers of Pearl Krystal flash for flash.
I like to have the flash longer then the mouth.
These are used to look like feelers.
Make two mono eyes or buy EP Crab eyes. Take 30-pound mono and use a lighter
to melt balls at the end of the mono, then add a drop of Solarez and cure.
Use a Black Sharpie and color the eyes and add more Solarez to make the eyes bigger.
Tie the eyes on each side of the body.
Eyes should extend past the bend of the hook.
Tie in a brown or tan hackle for legs at the bend of the hook.
Dub a reverse taper body. I am using Shrimp UV Ice Dubbing.
Wrap the hackle through the body using even spacing.
Trim hackle on the top of the body.
Tie the back of the shrimp using either EP Fibers, I am using Super Hair.
Extend part of it past the eye of the hook for the tail.
Whip Finish and cut the thread.
Add a coat of UV Resin to the back of the body.
Once you have a coat of UV Resin on the top of the body, pull
the back of the shrimp and lay it down on top of the Solarez.
Then add a layer of Solarez to the top of the fly to create the shellback.
Once you have the desired shape and thickness of your shellback,
use the: UV lamp and cure the Solarez.
Now trim the Super Hair for the length you want.
Usually the length is 1 ½ to 2 times the shank of the hook.
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