The Ally's Shrimp

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Body tip: When tying materials underneath the hook shank it is advisable to try and cut off all the ends at the same point on the hook shank. If you cut off the loose ends at different points along the shank, this provides for a very bumpy and uneven body. Follow the photographs and see how the materials are tied in one at a time building the fly in the process, click on any of the pictures to open a new window with the full size picture.

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Place a hook in the vice, catch in the thread near the eye and trim of the loose end. Wind the thread onto the hook shank, in fairly close turns, to the bend directly above the hook point. The object is to form a base of thread which helps prevent materials from slipping round to the side of the hook.
Wind the thread back to a position close to the eye examine the full size image to see the space left for the head. Catch in a piece of oval silver tinsel underneath the hook shank and wind the thread back to the bend as shown opposite.
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Select a bunch of hot orange bucktail, remove the base fibres and catch in with four or five turns of thread.
Wind the thread with open turns back up towards the eye catching in the bucktail as you go, trim off the loose ends leaving the space for the head. Wind back to the bend again with fairly open turns. At the bend catch in the red floss and wind the thread to the middle of the body section, shown below.
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Trim off the excess floss, again leaving the head area free off materials. Wind on the red floss to cover half the body, trim off the surplus and tie down the loose ends with a few turns of thread. Bring the htread back to the middle and catch in a length of black floss.
Wind the thread up to the head then follow it with the black floss. Forming a n even body in the process, it will help later if the last two turns taper slightly. A this point you can trim off the excess floss and form a bed for the head, or you can wait until you wind on the tinsel and trim both together. 
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Bucktail tip: Remove as much off the fluff and short straggly hairs as possible. Removing the fluff etc. keeps the volume of the body to a minimum. With Salmon flies huge fat bodies are unsightly. Another common mistake with hair is to tie in far too many hairs, again adding to the volume of the hook.

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