The Ally's Shrimp

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Wind the hackle in close touching turns three or four times round the hook shank. Then catch in the loose end with 3 or 4 turns of thread, trim off the end.
With both hands draw the fibres forward and hold them down with the left hand as shown. 
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Bind down the hackle forming a nice neat head shape in the process.
Whip finish and trim, the fly is now ready for varnishing.
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Varnish the head with red varnish, I prefer to varnish first with clear dope which tightens as it dries, then finish with a coat of Red.
Opposite we have one of the many variations on the Ally shrimp. There are many combinations of colour and even the Orange Ally has it's own "orange" variants. Funnily enough they all seem to catch fish as do many other fly patterns.
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