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BORSKI FUR SHRIMP





Materials:

Standard saltwater hook, size #2 or #4. I'm using the Mustad 34007
Bead chain or lead eyes, can be painted, yellow seem to work well
Tan or blonde craft fur
Pearlescent Krystal Flash
Tan, brown, white or chartreuse thread
Cree or dyed grizzly hackle
Olive or black permanent marker

Place hook in vise in the normal position. Tie in bead chain eyes on bottom of shank, just back of the eye. This fly is designed to ride with point down. Wind thread to the rear. Prepare craft fur by holding the fur by the tips and stroking out shorter pieces. Tie in several clumps of prepared craft fur, just ahead of hook bend. It's best to extend the tie down end of the craft fur to the bead chain eyes so that a body of uniform thickness is created. On top of shank at rear of hook, tie in 5-6 strands of Krystal flash, 6" long, by binding in the middle of the Krystal Flash and folding backwards and winding thread over the fold. This creates 10-12 strands, 3" long. Tie in long, webby hackle at bend of hook, palmer forward. Tie off at bead chain. Finish head. With scissors, trim sides and top of shank flush. The hackle will occupy the bottom of the shank. If hackle fibers are not of even length, do not trim even with scissors. Instead, pinch off with your finger tips the longer fibers to the same length as the shorter. This offers a more natural look than a scissored, barbered look. Hold craft fur tightly together. Hold flat against a disposable paper surface. Create vertical bars with marker. Try to keep the craft fur together in a slim bundle while marking. Application on one side is usually enough.

Pitt Merryman


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