Red Spot Shrimp
Gammarus pulex with a parasite (the red spot)
Kamasan B100N , 12 & 14 or grub hook
Thin lead wire underbody
(Optional) Thin olive pheasant tail fibres as feelers
Dubbed olive rabbit’s fur with clear plastic strip shellback
Fine gold wire to segment body, tied OVER the shellback.
Picked out from dubbing on the underside, trimmed to even length
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.
Fish with a long leader, 3 quick jerks, pause, then long pull, then repeat.
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.