I was skimming through the last issue of Fly Tyer's Magazine searching for saltwater fly patterns. On the back cover was a shrimp pattern that looked appealing. Although, I didn't think it would be an easy pattern to tie, I decided to go to the instruction page. The photographs and instructions were clear enough for me to order some coyote tails online. I had plastic shrimp/crab eyes, legging, and crystal flash. When the tails arrived I could already see the fly in a straight track and a red following closely behind it.
My first attempt didn't turn out bad at all. I had several dubbing twisters, but hadn't used them much before. The result was an amazingly life-like shrimp pattern. I fished the fly with several fish charging, but I haven't got a hook up. I don't know the reason, so we'll keep on experimenting.
On Tuesday, October 13th I go over the tying of this pattern. I hope you can join us at Bass Pro Shop. We'll be in the meeting room to the right of the restaurant check in station at about 6:30 p.m. If you haven't come by before you need to know that materials and use of fly tying equipment is free to all RGVFTC members. A nominal cost of $3 is required of non-members. RGVFTC members must obtain an IFFF membership since we're an internationally affiliated International Federation of Fly Fishers (www.fedflyfishers.org).
We are going to raffle one or two coyote tails as fly tying material. Join us and have some fun.