This is another of Bob Popovics' flies. It is one of the easier shrimp patterns to tie and wears like iron. The original pattern was in tan, but I tie a light green version too. If you'd also like more action in the fly, you can tie the legs with rubber leg material. This fly can be weighted by wrapping the shank with lead or copper wire before the body goes on.
Fish the Ultra Shrimp in a dead drift, with short (6"), sharp strips every now and then. Because the fly is tied with the tail over the hook eye, it will dart backwards, just like the real thing. Weakfish and Striped Bass really like it when you do that... Sometimes I'll even chum with real grass shrimp on an outgoing tide to attract them.
Stuff you'll need...
Tie it up...
- Hook: Mustad 34007 or equivalent.
- Legs: Ultra Hair, your choice of colors As a variation try Sili-Legs
- Eyes: Burnt Monofilament
- Swimming Legs: Light Olive or Light Brown Saddle Hackle
- Carapace: Ultra Hair, epoxied. The epoxy will take on the color of the carapace foundation.
- Place the hook in the vise and attach the tying thread.
- This fly ties backwards, so we'll work on the forelegs first and the tail last. At the bend, loosely tie in a medium clump of Ultra Hair. Wind the tying thread around the hair, pulling it down so it covers the bend.
- Now take a small clump of Ultra Hair and tie in over the end of the hook to form the mouth parts.
- Take a length of 20 or 30 # mono and light each end on fire. It will ball up, so blow it out when the blob gets to the size you want. Color the blobs with a black Magic Marker and cut each end about 1/2" long. Mash the ends with pliers and tie in. Doesn't this make the coolest looking eyes you've ever seen???
- Throw in a few half-hitches to lock it down.
- Tie in the saddle hackle and palmer it forwards ( backwards???). Trim the top, leaving only the barbs under the shank and those sticking straight out to the side to simulate all those wavy legs.
- Tie in the Ultra Hair for the carapace. Tie it in over the eye and fold it over the shank and wrap it so it stands up at a slight angle from the shank. It should reach to about 1/2 gap past the end of the bend. In a pinch, yarn will do as a substitute for the Ultra hair.
- Saturate the Ultra Hair with epoxy making sure it lays as shown. Set aside to dry.
- Put another thin coat of epoxy on the carapace to smooth it all out and give a shrimp appearance. Trim any straggling Ultra Hair.
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