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Thread: Smallmouth Swap vote

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    Lets see who wins, 30 days until the winner is announced. Some great tying gents.
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    Second batch added
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    Is that tobacco on the cased caddis?

    That shrimp looks pretty neat!

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    Booger Rose Banned User

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    I Don't know if it is a fish taker, but that shrimp in pic 8 looks Yummie! nicely segmented and the proportions looks spot on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenzoV View Post
    Is that tobacco on the cased caddis?

    That shrimp looks pretty neat!
    Rooibos Tea :-)
    SBS - Will duplicate here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booger Rose View Post
    I Don't know if it is a fish taker, but that shrimp in pic 8 looks Yummie! nicely segmented and the proportions looks spot on!
    Thanx Guys,

    Like I said, I tried hard to do something different to the "conventional" smallie flies. Always wanted to do a freshwater shrimp pattern, never got to it.

    This particular fly is a combination of various ideas, the glass bead body goes to Gerrit, he tied a shrimp pattern with the clear glass beads as body and it looked very nice! (Gerrit's original fly:Picture 1)

    Regarding the rest of the pattern, I tried to add all the other triggers (eyes, legs, feelers & tail). The actual specimen has a slight tan coloured body & back, this I managed with a tan scudback.

    The legs was made with stretch chord which I formed with a hot needle, worked out quite nicely!

    The last part of the fly is durability, quite pointless in have this very yummy looking fly which comes apart after the first fish. The entire fly is constructed very properly, every part was done & tied off before moving to the next. Lastly the entire body was very generously coated with Sally Hansons (I love this stuff, probably more than my wife! . The catch is that this is not clear Sally Hansons, but has a little tint to it, which adds to the slight tan colouration. This fly will last a looooong time! :biggrin:

    Here are some photos, will do a proper SBS at some later stage.IMG_0874%20(Large).jpgIMAGE_612.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFanatic View Post
    Thanx Guys,

    Like I said, I tried hard to do something different to the "conventional" smallie flies. Always wanted to do a freshwater shrimp pattern, never got to it.

    This particular fly is a combination of various ideas, the glass bead body goes to Gerrit, he tied a shrimp pattern with the clear glass beads as body and it looked very nice!

    Regarding the rest of the pattern, I tried to add all the other triggers (eyes, legs, feelers & tail). The actual specimen has a slight tan coloured body & back, this I managed with a tan scudback.

    The legs was made with stretch chord which I formed with a hot needle, worked out quite nicely!

    The last part of the fly is durability, quite pointless in have this very yummy looking fly which comes apart after the first fish. The entire fly is constructed very properly, every part was done & tied off before moving to the next. Lastly the entire body was very generously coated with Sally Hansons (I love this stuff, probably more than my wife! . The catch is that this is not clear Sally Hansons, but has a little tint to it, which adds to the slight tan colouration. This fly will last a looooong time!
    Probably the best FW shrimp patterns I have ever seen. Can I please have a few to try copy?
    Gary
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    FlyFanatic Banned User

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    Hi Gary,

    WOW! Thank you for that comment, coming from you this really means a lot!

    I would be honoured to tie you a few to try, also as soon as I have some time I will do a proper SBS on this pattern and post on FlyTalk.

    Think I will call this one the Glass Bead Vaal Shrimp or in short the GBVS! :biggrin:

    Gary could you please send me a PM with your details?

    Best Regards

    Jaco

    P.S. Seems like there is some confusion regarding my post with the photos, the first picture is the original fly which Gerrit tied, so that is not mine! I just posted it to show where I got the idea for the glass bead (which I think is probably one of the best ways to create a shrimp body). Also as already said, all credit regarding the glass bead body goes to him, all the other components of the fly however was my own idea's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyFanatic View Post
    Hi Gary,

    WOW! Thank you for that comment, coming from you this really means a lot!

    I would be honoured to tie you a few to try, also as soon as I have some time I will do a proper SBS on this pattern and post on FlyTalk.

    Think I will call this one the Glass Bead Vaal Shrimp or in short the GBVS! :biggrin:

    Gary could you please send me a PM with your details?

    Best Regards

    Jaco

    P.S. Seems like there is some confusion regarding my post with the photos, the first picture is the original fly which Gerrit tied, so that is not mine! I just posted it to show where I got the idea for the glass bead (which I think is probably one of the best ways to create a shrimp body). Also as already said, all credit regarding the glass bead body goes to him, all the other components of the fly however was my own idea's.
    I have to echo Gary's sentiments.
    Lovey shrimp.
    The other secret is how to fish it, apart from the normal drift.
    By fishing it as a "live" shrimp, you will get lots of aggressive takes.
    Your curved body, with the tail will give you the correct action.
    I would suggest a very heavy point or first dropper, depending on where you want to fish it in the water column.
    The heavy fly will anchor the tippet, and the shrimp will flutter around in the water. This technique will work in fast flowing water.
    for slower water, there are a couple of other techniques.
    It will be interesting to hear on how many fish you get on it.
    Korrie Broos

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    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

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    Thanx Korrie!

    That sounds like a very good approach on fishing this fly, the tail should provide enough water resistance to make it dance around properly.

    Havent fished it yet, so no idea how the fish will respond to it. Hopefully I will give it a go soon!

    Another question, do these shrimps actively move around in the river, or do they always stay close to some bankside vegetation such as reeds & hiacynth and only drift when accidently dislodged? I havent found a single shrimp in the middle of the river, only on the banks when you seive the vegetation. I guess this is not a problem, since some monster fish frequent the banks, especially close to dusk.

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