The Ally's Shrimp

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Wind on the Silver tinsel about six turns for a size 6 iron with less for smaller irons. Trim off the excess floss and tinsel then tie down the loose ends.
Be careful and try to keep a nice level area for the head. Try to catch both the tinsel and the floss under the hook when tying them off keeping the head area as free as possible from materials.
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Turn the hook upside down in the vice or rotate the vice and position as shown to the left. Remember to check the full size images along the way.
Select a bunch of grey squirrel tail hairs, aim to be skimpy with the number of hairs. I don't count hairs but at a guess I would say approx. 20 -30 would suffice. Catch in as shown spreading them slightly on the underside of the hook. The white tips should extend beyond the bend.
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This is the hard bit, note that I have a minimum number of thread wraps at this stage, probably about eight or nine. Make sure these wraps are tight then catch the loose ends in your left hand and trim off with one cut.
Note the cut ends extend to the eye, bind them down with a few more turns of thread.
Turn the hook up the right way and bring the thread back ready for the top piece of gey squirrel. Catch in as shown and trim off as before, one cut off the scissors is all that's needed.
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General tip: Try not to make five turns off thread when four will do!

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