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Name

Red Spot Shrimp

Type

Nymph

Author

Dave Coomber

Inspiration

Gammarus pulex with a parasite (the red spot)

Date concieved

?

Hook

Kamasan B100N , 12 & 14 or grub hook

Thread

Olive nylon

Weighting

Thin lead wire underbody

Tail

(Optional) Thin olive pheasant tail fibres as feelers

Body

Dubbed olive rabbit’s fur with clear plastic strip shellback

Rib

Fine gold wire to segment body, tied OVER the shellback.

Thorax

N/A

Legs

Picked out from dubbing on the underside, trimmed to even length

Wings

None

Eyes

none

Hackle

None

Tying instructions

Tie lead underbody to form “humpback”. Tie in optional feelers (“tail”). Tie in wire rib. Tie in a clear plastic strip for shellback. Dub olive fur to hook eye. Stretch plastic shellback to the eye, secure with thread. The red spot is a spot of red varnish applied to the shell-back before tying in the rib. Tie rib over the whole to form segments. Tie off rib and shellback and form a neat head with thread, Pick out legs with dubbing needle and trim.

Fishing Instructions

Fish with a long leader, 3 quick jerks, pause, then long pull, then repeat.

Interesting facts

There are many variations on these shrimps which can be tied without the red spot, but with a red, orange or yellow tag at the bend instead, dispensing with the “tail”. With the “tail” but no tag or red spot it is a standard shrimp, but the tag and spot seem to be strong attractors to trout.

Variants