This weeks Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Chris Reeves and it is The Park Shrimp....  

A new fly to me, this pretty little fly is easy to tie provided you pay attention to proportions.

Dressing

Hook:- Partridge Patriot Double sizes 6 to 14

Tag:-Silver wire

Tail:- Yellow arctic fox tail under, Orange arctic fox tail over

Rear body:- Gold lite-brite dubbing

Rib:- Silver wire or oval tinsel

Front body:- Black floss

Wing :- Black arctic fox tail

Cheeks:- Jungle cock

Hackle :- One turn each of yellow and orange Whiting hen saddle hackle

Tying instructions

Wrap a layer of tying thread along the hook and tie in the silver wire at the rear.

Wrap a tag of silver wire starting at the end of the thread underbody and working away from the eye, about 10 turns is sufficient, finish by bringing the end of the wire forwards between the two points of the hook to secure the tag, tie off on top of the hook. Remove excess.

Tie in a bunch of yellow arctic fox tail on top of the hook shank, around 1 ½ times hook shank in length. The tag will ensure it doesn’t travel downwards between the hook points.

Add a bunch of orange arctic fox, half as long as the yellow, on top of the yellow fur.

For the rear part of the body, dub  chopped lite brite dubbing and wrap approximately 1/3rd of the body length. Tie in the rib and floss. Wrap the floss body and rib with the wire or oval tinsel. This is the point where you must be most careful, too far forwards with the body and the hackle will be stuffed against the eye.

Tie off the body and rib and tie in a bunch of black arctic fox hair. This should extend to the rear of the hook.

Tie in cheeks of jungle cock alongside the wing

Tie in two hackles, one yellow and one orange, hen saddle is best. You can wrap the hackles together or separately, in wrapping separately wrap the yellow one first, followed by the orange. One full turn of each is sufficient.

Make a neat head, whip finish and and varnish

Chris Reeves

Some of you may have met me at the British Fly Fair International, The Spring Flyfishing Show, at The Fly Dressers' Guild evenings, or perhaps at a European or American fly show. Others of you may have fished with or against me on the riverbank, lakeside or more likely in a boat during the “Loch Style” competition season, or in friendly outings run by clubs like Fishing For Fun. I’ve been fishing for as long as I can remember and flyfishing for over 25 years. The world of flyfishing fascinates me, and as family and friends will testify, I’ll take every opportunity to fish for trout, salmon or other species, on rivers, lakes, reservoirs, or the sea, in the UK or other parts of the world ... Fly tying was a logical progression from flyfishing, so I started tying flies almost as soon as I began to flyfish, learning from books and from exchanging ideas with other fly tiers. I really enjoy the challenge of developing and tying new patterns, and then making sure they work. Well, you have to, don’t you? In 2006, Whiting Farms signed me up as a member of their Fly Tying Pro Team, giving me access to some fantastic materials which I hope to be able to share with you from time to time. In addition, in May 2010 I completed the Orvis-endorsed fly fishing guides course at Clearwater Lodge in California, USA. Since retiring from the Metropolitan Police in 2008 after 33 years of service, I’m able to dedicate more time to fishing and flytying.

Watch the view below of Chris tying a Turkey Nymph for Trout on a Partridge hook and Partridge stall.

 

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