Tying a Lava Tail Shrimp Tube Fly

Tying a Lava Tail Shrimp Tube Fly

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Material kit for Tying a Lava Tail Shrimp from Irish salmon fisher and fly tyer Denis O'Toole makes effective use of the hot orange hot yellow dip dye Opossum from Future Fly. This is a well loved pattern for Irish rivers that typically run a little dirty.

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Materials from Future Fly:
00:15  1.8mm plastic tube fl.yellow
00:23​  3.0mm plastic tube fl.orange
00:29​  200++ tying thread fl.orange
00:50  N.American Opossum hot yellow / hot orange (B)
00:50  (Alternative) N/American Opossum hot yellow / hot orange
01:16  Mach II flatbraid copper
01:53  Signature dubbing mørrum copper
02:46  N.American Opossum hot yellow / hot orange (B)
02:46  (Alternative) N/American Opossum hot yellow / hot orange
03:21  Signature hen saddle golden olive
04:22  Signature hen saddle black
05:23  Artificial jungle cock medium / large
06:18  Tungsten nano ufo disc copper

Future Fly tubevise
Future Fly tubevise needle small
Future Fly standard bobbin
Future Fly lightweight scissors
Future Fly hackle tool
Future Fly multi needle

Step by Step:

Step 1: Start with a fl.yellow 1.8mm plastic tube and fl.orange 3.0mm outer tube cut to length and put together on the vice needle.


Step 2: Take your fl.orange 200++ tying thread and start just in front of the outer tubing building up a small burr of thread and then move up on to the outer tubing with tight turns up the body, then using the thread with nice even turns build up a small butt section, the sole intention of this is to kick up the tail.

Step 3: Take some hot yellow / hot orange opossum pelt and tie in using the full length of the body to tie down the base of the hair and tight turns right up to the butt section we made which should kick up the tail.

Step 4: Next take a copper Mach II flat braid and tie in using the full body the wrap with tight over lapping turns to within a couple of mm from the outer tube edge.

Step 5: Take some morrum copper signature dubbing and build up a small ball on the last of the outer tubing and finish with the thread down on the liner tubing. Finally brush out the dubbing a little bit to give the body a sparkly halo.

Step 6: Next take another piece of hot yellow / hot orange opossum pelt and this time tie down at the base with the tips forward and the fold back and tie down again, this in combination with the dubbing ball and tube join will kick up the wing, you should measure up the hair and trim the base to length before tying in so not too much hair gets caught up in the ing itself.

Step 7:
tie in a signature hen saddle feather in golden olive and make 3-4 turns

Step 8: Repeat the process with a signature hen saddle feather in black and make 2-4 turns

Step 9: 
Add jungle cock wings following the line of the wing and roughly the length of the braid / hackles, fold back the stems and tie in again for extra security and work your thread forward a couple mm, this will ensure a better grip for the cone.


Step 10: 
Add a tungsten ufo disc in copper to the liner tube and a drop of super glue close to the head of the fly.

Step 11: Using the hackle tool or anything solid to move the cone back without getting glue on your hands or the soft materials in the fly, push back hard this will compress all the materials and give a solid fit to the cone.

Step 12: Remove the fly from the vice, cut the tubing down to 2-3mm from the cone and then melt it down with a lighter, whilst still hot press the tubing onto a flat surface this reduces the size of the plastic head and secures it even tighter to the cone, you will most likely need to reopen the hole so a sharp dubbing needle like the Future Fly Multi Needle is perfect for the job.

Just Add Water!!!