This pattern has earned a reputation around the world for its fish taking ability.
As I understand it is the first recorded tying of a shrimp pattern and was the basis for the shrimp patterns of Ireland and not the other way round.
The dressing is as Follows:
Hook: Treble, double or single (your choice- mines a double)
Tag: Silver oval tinsel
Tail: The ruddy red flank feather of a golden pheasant.
Rib: Silver oval tinsel
Body: In 2 halves. Rear orange and amber seals fur mixed 2/3 to 1/3 Front half black seals fur.
Veilings: Over rear 1/2 of the body orange cock hackle points. (The original was indian crow some just put in a turn of cock hackle)
Middle Hackle: In between the body halves a single turn of white cock hackle.
Front Hackle: Furnace Cock hackle (A red game with a black centre)
Wings: Two jungle cock eye feathers tied back to back extending only halfway down the body.
First attach your fly in the vice and attach the silk with a jam knot. Then attach the ribbing material.
I like to attach the ribbing on a double to the side of the shank so as to ensure it is gripped well and will not pull out.
Note you can only do this on doubles. For singles and trebles you need to wind the tinsel back up towards the head and secure it then again on the shank.
The advantage with the double is that the tinsel will hold tight the tag and will ensure the most secure fit.
Now reverse it and tie it in against the tag by its tips so the fat end of the quill bends over the rear of the hook.
Now tie in the ribbing material again along the side of the hook shank for a stronger hold.
Dub on this mix to the silk and wind it on to the half way point of the shank.
Rib this part of the body with three turns of tinsel secure and remove the waste.
Select two small orange cock hackle tips and tie them in as veiling which means that they need to lie over and under the rear half body and do not go beyond the tag.
I know it is a bit of a potch but it will come right in the end.
Now whip finish and varnish the head.
It is not the easiest pattern to tie because of the wing but do try and persevere and don’t put in a delta wing of JC feathers because then it almost becomes a Bann special.
If you get problems contact the forum.