|North Coast Angler|
|Fly Tying Techniques|
||Captain Skip Montello's Shrimp Fly is designed to imitate a variety of small shrimp and krill that are known to be an important part of the American Shad’s food source.
The North Atlantic krill can be brightly colored with reds and greens and can readily color adapt. The adult krill range in size up to 6cm (2"). When the shad enter the Merrimac river system to spawn, they are most likely not in "feeding mode" but do strike instinctively on this fly pattern.
|Materials and Recipe |
|The pattern is tied as streamer, starting ¼” behind the hook eye. Make several wraps of thread on hook and form a thread pillow. The small pillow allows the fine hair to angle up over the hook shank. Next, tie in a red soft hackle feather, hackle end, splayed, about 1/4 inch in back of the pillow and return bobbin to the pillow.|
|Palmer the soft hackle forward, taking several wraps to form legs, secure and trim the excess hackle at the pillow. Tie in a pair of bead chain eyes just in front of the pillow (below the hook shank) using a figure eight wrap to securely attach to the hook shank. Be sure the eyes are parallel to the hook shank and not offset to one side or other.