Irish shrimp step by step

21 03 2013

Thought I would do a step by step on one of my favorite irish shrimp pattern this pattern has been tried and tested and I have a lot of confidence when fishing this on my local river for salmon.


.Hook:   size 10 Edmonds Drury

.Thread:  ultra thread white

. Tail:     golden pheasant breast feather

.Body:   gold tag/ red floss/ fine gold wire/ pink glister dubbing

Hackles:   red/ pink/orange chinese Cock capes

Head:      jungle cock/ black uni thread 8/0


Step 1,    start by tying your thread in, when tying my thread in I go as far down the shank till im inline with the hook point


Step 2,   Then I tie in some  gold uni-mylar as a tag, again keeping inline with the hook point and taking 2 turns up the hook shank,


Step 3,      now tie in your golden pheasant breast feather, tie the tip of the feather in then gently pull back the fibers in the oposit direction of the grain then u will get this effect,  then gently take about 3 turns around the hook shank each time correcting the fibers to form the tail.SONY DSC

Step 4,     here your golden pheasant breast feather tail is formed and secure.


Step 5,   now u can tie in your fine gold rib and red thread/ floss, take as many turns as needed with the red thread/ floss to reach the centre of the hook shank.


Step 6,        you have now tied in your red thread/ floss whatever you want to use then take three turns  using your gold rib up the body of the fly untill you reach the half way point on the hook shank then take two turn of the thread and secure the gold rib.


Step 7,    at the half way point tie in your red hackle


Step 8, so you have tied your hackle in and its secure then get some pink glister dubbing and dub it onto your thread and take three turn’s up the   hook shank towards the eye and leave sufficient space for your two remaining hackles and J C


Step 9,   tie in your pink hackle and take three turns then tie in your orange hackle then take another 2/3 turns untill your happy with the finished hackles, here ive tied my hackles in separate I find it easy that way but that’s my opinion other tiers might place the two hackles together and tie them in at the same time, It’s entirely up to you


Step 10,   all that’s left is the J C “jungle cock” using J C is another option of your self it don’t need to be added and a lot of salmon flies don’t have it, I could not tell you that it makes a difference to catching fish but it certanly gives the fly a good look, that’s my opinion and I really do like using it, in this step I used a split eye off my J C cape to form 2 parts so doing this gets good use out of lower graded capes as u all probably know   J C capes are not cheap especially grade A capes.


When the  J C is tied in and secure apply a whipped finish then there is two options to finish the head, you could use your choice of pen’s too colour the head or use diffrent coloured thread, I used black on this fly then varnish. So there’s the finished irish shrimp fly hope you like it and hope this step by step helped, I will certainly be using this pattern this salmon season



my take on a ally’s cascade step by step

19 08 2012


hook: size 8 esmond drury

thread:8/0 uni thread black

tail: orange and yellow buck tail

body :holographic silver and black floss thread with medium gold wire

wing: black squirrel tail with orange died golden pheasant tippet

hackle:yellow and orange chinese cock cape

cheek: jungle cock

First u combine the yellow and orange buck tail together to form the colours for the tail, the length of the tail should be twice the length of the body with the colours mixed evenly once the tail is in place. U could also add a little flash in with the tail the flash that is used in this pattern is orange micro flash. Once the length of the tail is determined then u can trim back the excess waste on the body as shown in the picture bellow.

Once the tail is in place and the body is formed now u can tie in your holographic silver and also tie in your gold medium wire.

now u need to tie in your body take a few turns up the body till u get to the middle, then turn in your holographic silver till u reach the middle of the body then tie it  in so it’s secure then cut the waste off. Then tie in black floss for the rest of the body, after the holographic silver and black are tied in and succoured the take four  or five equal turns up the body with the gold wire and the secure.

So the body is formed now on to the wing using black squirrel tie it in at the head off the fly, to determine the length of the wing just hold it in place till it covers the back of the hook about 10mm and secure in place with two turns of the thread.

At this point ive added some orange micro flash and 2 strands of flashabou mirage  (optional)

Now get some orange dyed golden pheasant tippet and tie it in on top off the black squirrel the length of th golden pheasant tippet should come in from the tip of the black squirrel tail about another 10mm once in place another 2 turns to secure in place.

On to the hackles, i tie my hackles in separately starting with the yellow and then tie in the orange u could tie the both in together by aligning the feathers together and tieing them both in then turn in the hackles. I find it easier to do it sepretly.

Here’s the finished fly without the jungle cock

Here’s the fly with the jungle cock it entirely up to your self if u add the jungle cock.

Here’s a couple off pics of the cascade and the finished box with various ally’s shrimp patterns and irish shrimp patterns

this is my first attempt of a step by step hope u like

salmon and sea trout flies

7 03 2012

The salmon and sea trout season is nearly upon us and there’s nothing like having a load of new flies to try. The last few months has been pretty hectic to say the least with all the winter fishing that I’ve done and constantly tying flies for trout and grayling to make up for the flies I’ve lost. That’s now behind me and with a bit more time on my hands I decided to start tying all new flies for salmon and sea trout and give the grayling and trout flies a break. Here are the salmon patterns I will be using through the season.

I’m particularly fond of the Irish Shrimp style of flies and after speaking with some friends, I decided to settle on a small selection that includes one or two of the more well known patterns like the Silver Wilkinson and a variety that I have made up from others I’ve seen. I chose the Silver Wilkinson because one stretch of River I’ll be fishing is tidal and as it’s got a reputation for taking fresh run grilse, I’m hoping it’ll do the business so to speak. I’ve got one or two other standard patterns like Allys’ Cascade just to fall back on but, here’s hoping. All the patterns ahve been tied on size 8, 10, 12 partridge trebles and doubles in gold silver and black. At the backend of last season, I had the opportunity to fish and had a grilse of 6lb. Initially I fished a dark fly because the water was slightly coloured but that brought me no luck. A quick change to a Red Ally’s brought me almost instant success. Like I’ve said, I like the Irish Shrimp style and obviously like the colour red! With that in mind, I decided to tie up the fly I caught the fish on Irish Shrimp style:

The Red One!

I’ve got high hopes for it!

Seatrout and seatrout flies are another relatively new avenue for me. Although I’ve fished for them previously, I’ve never quite cracked it. One or two fish here and there are always a bonus but unravelling the mystery of these fish and how to catch them has seemed like torture on times. So once again, I decide to start with a clean slate and make a box from scratch.

Most of them are simple flies that only have one or two materials in them. The Silver Stoat or ‘black ‘n silver as it’s called in Wales is one of the top flies here in Wales; the Peter Ross is another. These flies are timeless and haven’t lost any of their catching abilitiy and so are as effective now as they were all those years ago. I’m looking forward to what the new season brings and hopefully I’ll be armed well enough to tackle the fish and conditions I meet. That said, I won’t know until I go fishing and give them a swim! I’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, here’s a slide show of both the salmon and sea trout patterns. I just can’t wait to get them in the river and I hope they bring me some big fish. Tightlines!

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Salmon flies

4 02 2012

I sat at the vice today to tie some salmon flies ready for the coming season and I can’t wait! Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been buying all new tying materials especially for salmon flies. There’s something about a fly box with a load of salmon flies with a range of stunning colours that does it for me. Two weeks ago I tied some cascade salmon fly’s on size 10 trebles and they really look the business and I can’t wait to get them in the water. Our rivers in South Wales are not very big rivers compared to Irish and Scottish rivers so we rarely need big salmon flies. Here in Wales, unless the rivers are higher than usual then I do use the bigger heavier flies. The flies I’m concentrating on at the moment are small  shrimp pattern’s and I do have a lot of confidence in them. Here’s a few pictures of the cascade I will be using this season.

Here are some different types of irish shrimp patterns.  I don’t stay to the same patterns as the text book I just add colours and body types as I like them I use various materials to tie them but sticking to the original tying method of the irish shrimp pattern. I’ve got to say I’m going to be very happy in fishing them and I also have a lot of confidence in them. I was always told by other anglers if you don’t have confidence in what your using don’t bother basically.

czech um’ out

23 01 2012

I was out last week fishing with the french leader using jig hook nymphs and fancied a change. So i looked through my fly box and came across a couple of czech nymphs so on they went i was fishing them for about 10 minutes before i had any takes. After the first fish along came many more it was a shoal of small grayling i was having a lot of fun catching them. So i decided to tie a few more czech nymphs for the fly box ready for the weekend and these are what i came up with.

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sea trout flies

19 01 2012

With the sea trout season fast approaching i thought id better leave the nymphs to one side and start tying sea trout flies. I was looking through my sea trout flies the other night and thought to myself i could do with some new one’s as all the old flies were tied when i first started to tie so they were looking a bit dated and over dressed as my  sea trout fishing as progressed i found that ive lost confidence in the flies that i tied first off that’s not saying the patterns that i had tied did not work. All they needed was a tidy up so i started by stripping all the old flies for the hooks so i could start them all again. My tying is not the best compared to a lot of fly tiers but it is progressing i think anyway lol here’s a few secret weapons that i tied last year as you can see the heads on the flies are big due to being a beginner at tying flies.

So the secret weapons above were tied last year so let’s get on with filling the fly box with sea trout flies for the coming season. The pattern that ive started to tie was inspired by a good friend of mine Johnathan Roberts who is seriously into is fishing for salmon and sea trout so i probably wont go far wrong by using the same patterns that he uses. Here is the pattern that i have tied tonight and there will be a lot more patterns  as the box fills up so watch this space.


18 01 2012

Thought i would tie more klink hammers with a pink indicator i normally use a white indicator for the post of the klink Hammer but i found when there is a glare on the water the white post is hard to see. So here are the klinks that ive tied the one’s on the right are the klinks that have been working very well for me when fishing for grayling but with the post being white some time’s their very dificult to see.


.(thread)  sheer 14/0

.(post) pink anton yarn

.(hook)partridge flash point size 20 klink hammer

.(body) peacock hearl

.(thorax) hairs hear

.(hackle) blue dun cock neck

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