Ally's Shrimp

Dec, 2012

                                  Fly Pattern:Sol Duc Spey Fly

            Tyer's Name: Al Lee
            Date: Dec 3, 2012
    Fly Originator and History: Scottish writer, photographer, fishing instructor 
    and guide, Alastair (Ally) Gowans, created Ally's Shrimp. It is one of the world's 
    most popular Atlantic salmon flies.

                                How the Fly is Fished
    Suggested line and leader: Floating line with sinking leader.
    Suggested retrieve:  No special retrieve is suggested. You normally have to find 
    out what works on any given day.
    Comments: Generally the fly is fished by casting across and downstream and allowed 
    to sweep across current.

                                Fly Material

    Hook: Black, 1.5 medium Alex Jackson, 3 Low water A.J. or equivalent.
    Thread: Red, 70 denier.
    Tail: Bright orange buck tail, hot orange Krystal Flash
    Body: Orange floss and black floss.
    Rib: Uni-French oval tinsel, silver, small.
    Wing: Squirrel tail, gray, golden pheasant tippets, gold  
    Collar hackle: Fire orange schlappen.
    Additional items: Smooth-jawed needle nose pliers, orange Hard As Nails.

                                Tying Steps
    1. Tie in the thread at the end of the return eye, just a couple of wraps on 
    the return eye to pinch it down. Wrap forward, stopping just above the point 
    of the hook. Then wrap back to the end of the return eye - this is the "starting point".
    2. Tail.  Select a small bundle of fine orange buck tail hairs. The bundle should 
    be about twice the length of the shank. Stack the hairs, then start tying in the 
    bundle at the starting point, keeping the bundle on top of the shank as you tie it 
    down. Stop wrapping once you are even with the point of the hook. 

    3.  Tie a strand of Krystal Flash on each side of the tail bundle at the starting point. 
    The strands should extend just a bit past the tail.

    4.  Body. Tie in a piece of silver tinsel along the bottom of the tail bundle.

    5.  Tie in two strands of orange floss at the starting point and wrap to the end 
    of the bundle, then wrap it back. Secure the floss with a whip finish, and cut 
    off the excess floss.

    6. Tie in a single strand of black floss at the starting point, and wrap to the 
    mid-point of the bundle, then wrap back. Secure the floss with a whip finish, 
    and cut off excess floss.

    7. Wrap the silver tinsel to the starting point, giving it about 7 or 8 even wraps. 
    Secure the tinsel, and cut off the excess.

    8. Wing. Select a small bundle of squirrel tail. The fibers should extend from 
    the starting point to the end of the hook. Tie in the bundle at the top of the 
    starting point, giving it about 8 or 10 wraps.

    9. Roll the fly over and repeat the above step for the bottom of the fly.

    10. Apply a small amount of water based head cement to secure the wings. If the 
    materials at the starting point are bulky, use some smooth-jawed needle nose 
    pliers to flatten them.

    11. Select a golden pheasant tippet, and lay it on top of the top wing. Tie it 
    down and remove the excess tippet stem.

    12. Collar hackle. Select a collar hackle and remove one side of the fibers. 
    Tie in the hackle by the tip. Wrap forward, giving it about 2 or 3 wraps. Strip-off 
    any excess fibers, and continue wrapping the bare stem forward, then tie it down 
    with the thread. 

    13. Whip finish, and coat head with cement or orange Hard As Nails.

	          Rick Shadforth 04/03/13