This week's Fly Friday comes from PRO-Team member Alex Jardine and it's The Funky Shrimp.... 

This is a great and simple fly for winter grayling fishing. Although being bright and colourful the fly lends itself better to coloured water, it also works surprisingly well in clear water conditions too.

Hook: size 12 barbless grub

Wire: .010 lead

Thread: 18/0 purple Nano Silk

Back: Veevus broad tinsel

Body: Hareline UV hot pink mixed with UV lavender


Alex Jardine

Alex was raised on a diet of fly fishing and I am pretty sure that Charles Jardine only gave him fly reels to play with instead of toys! Alex has fished for the England Youth Team, representing them at World Championship level over a 4 year period winning a team Bronze and a highest individual finish of 7th in the world.

He has travelled extensively, looking after groups of people and guiding them as well as giving numerous casting demonstrations alongside his father. Alex ties flies for the Partridge pro team, is a qualified casting instructor and writes the "Chalkstream Diaries". He has extensive knowledge of fishing in the American West, East Coast USA, Canada, Iceland, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Venezuela and New Zealand.

Alex has always been destined to work within the fishing industry, he spent a period working with Partridge hooks and he has also worked in Robjents of Stockbridge from 2010 to 2012 as a fly-fishing specialist.

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