The December fly of the month from PRO-Team member Paul Procter is the Pink Shrimp. You can find out the November Fly of the Month by clicking here!


Hook: Sprite all purpose grub (used here) or Partridge K4A/S size 10-14

Thread: Wapsi 70 denier shell pink

Weight: Flat lead wire

Rib: 3Ib Mono

Shellback: Pale Grey Thinkskin

Body: UV Pink Ice-dub & shrip pink Sow Scud dubbing 40/60

Leg: Teased out dubbing fibres


It’s a known fact that grayling often respond positively to garish bugs and whilst orange or red seem popular with anglers, pink shades often win the day, especially where clear water is concerned. Granted, a hint of flash might well be evident in this dressing, but along with a softer hue of pink dubbing and pale grey thinskin shellback do tone it down a fair bit. 

Whether I’m searching for grayling on turbid rainfed rivers or targeting fish in the crystal clear carriers of a chalkstream this pink shrimp acts as my anchorman that remains part of my set up whenever bugs are called for. On occasion, I’ve been known to fish a brace of them though more likely an olive version will separate them when fishing a team of three, hopefully to avoid any suspicion from fickle fish.

When it comes to weighting this fly, I prefer to position flat strips of lead on top of the hook shank, rather than using wraps of wire. With each corresponding length a fraction shorter than the previous, a curved body can easily be emphasised. Equally the shrimp will now fish inverted with the hook point uppermost, which can save a fly or two when you’re dredging the streambed. 


Paul Procter

A resident of the Lake District, AAPGAI Master and Wild Trout Trust Vice-President Paul Procter is a dedicated fly fisher. With 30 years experience on rivers, lakes and tropical saltwater fly fishing, Paul is a leading contributor to the UK’s premier publications-Trout and Salmon and its sister magazine-Trout Fisherman.

A talented and innovative fly tyer, Paul’s flies have become recognised as a signature for his many articles. Having spent the last decade travelling extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and Southern Hemisphere, he has gained a wealth of knowledge on many of the celebrated rivers and streams with an intimate understanding of fly hatches and their imitations required to tempt fish. In turn this has allowed him to develop specialist patterns with the opportunity to field test hook models on a range of fish species and ultimately provide valuable feedback. However, having fished the far corners of the globe, his abiding love remains the light line approach on intimate Northern streams, fishing North Country spiders (soft hackled flies) and dry flies. Here the rivers offer such diversity that Paul has honed all fishing disciplines on systems like the Eden, Wharf and Ure.

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