February 20, 2021 3 min read

One of our favourite less usual variant of an ally shrimp, this pattern combines Alastair Gowans much loved creation with a Salmon classic the red butt.

This article is part one of our two part step by step for this tying a black ally shrimp. We are tying on a Ahrex Esmond Drury treble hook with a twist on the materials using the longest guard hair from North American Opossum Pelt.

Fly tying video and music by Jay Bartlett.

Materials and tools from Future Fly

0:15 Ahrex HR490 Esmond Drury treble hook
0:22 Black FF 200++ tying thread
0:30 Silver small Veevus oval french tinsel
1:29 Fl.Red FF floss
2:36 Silver small Veevus oval french tinsel
2:45 Black mach II flatbraid
3:05 Black North American Opossum pelt
3:59 Black FF star flash
6:14 Red GP tippet
7:28 Black signature hen saddle

FF Standard Bobbin
FF Hackle Tool
FF Lightweight scissors

Step by step:

Part 1: Start with your hook in the vice, as it is a treble and difficult on the fingers, I like to put the bottom point into the vice, so I only have to contend with 2 hooks.

Part 2: Start by wrapping your thread at the joint of the 3 points on the shank, then attach some small silver oval french tinsel, work the thread back just past the points with enough room to make 4-6 turns of the tinsel backwards and neatly wrap around the nearest point and over the top of the tinsel turns. The wraps should be tight together and secured down tight in front of the turns and to keep the body smooth work the thread up the tinsel to the join of the points again.

Part 3:
 Add a few whips to the black thread and cut off then tie in some Fl.Red floss and build up a tag section, finish with a few whips then reattach the black thread.

Part 4: Once your tying thread is reattached tie in some small silver oval french tinsel followed by some black Mach II flatbraid, make sure to tie in the materials the full length of the body to keep it as smooth as possible.

Part 5: Next tie in some black north american opossum pelt stripping out some of the underfur so that the wing becomes more translucent like buck tail. Tie in tight to the red butt which should kick up the wing a little bit.

Part 6: Next add some black star flash using the black krinkle flash strands use the full length of the body to ti in half way then fold back the strands and tie in again.

Part 7: Wrap the flatbraid up to the end of the body with tight overlapping turns, followed by the silver tinsel as a rib and secure really tight.

Part 8: Take a red GP tippet and tie in front of the body, it should kick up nicely if you have created a small taper at the front of the body and not made too many thread turns. It can help sometimes to down onto the feather barbs instead of the stem and then pull the stem down a little bit so that the barbs pull together into a neat bunch. Trim away as close possible and keep it neat for your hackle turns.

Part 9: Tie in a black hen saddle hackle and wrap with tight turns, it's ok if you go forward to the eye a little. To neaten up the hackle and push it back over the fly you can work the thread back over the barbs a little bit. This will also help to build up the head on the fly.

Part 10: Use your thread to make a head, you can keep it flat, taper it a little what ever you like as long as you feel it is strong enough to hold the fly, then finish off with some super glue using your dubbing needle. You can then use clear or black varnish 1-3 times for extra security. Super glue is just fine for me.

Just add water! 

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