"Flies of Ireland"
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   This book is great for pattern reference and has about 40 color plates (full page size as shown below) spread throughout the book. This helps us to see the style of dressing on each individual pattern. The book generally covers trout salmon and sea trout in three sections including wets, dries, tubes, Waddingtons and nymphs etc.. 
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LOW WATER SHRIMPS
 

There is a commonly held belief abroad that shrimp flies only work in Ireland and that they are at their best for late summer and back-end fishing. This is not so. Shrimp flies from Ireland have been used with outstanding success in Scotland and the north of England rivers. As regards the time of year, salmon in a river will take a shrimp fly as freely as any other pattern, when the water is right, from the very start of the season.

The River Mourne shrimp flies are beautiful creations and tied in a particular style. Seal's fur is nearly always used, and in rich shades. The tinsel colour is always varied, with gold at the rear and silver in front.

Certain rules must be observed if shrimp flies are to be fished successfully First, the size must be right. The biggest mistake is to fish too big a fly. Then the fly must be worked to give it life. This is usually done with the rod tip. In slacker flows the fly should be worked in short darts and in faster flows it should be jigged less frequently around the arc, with the current doing most of the work.
 

Robert Gillespie, the renowned gillie, flytyer and bait-maker on the Moy, considers the top ten shrimp patterns to be:
 

1. Bann Special
2. Foxford Shrimp (Light)
3. Faughan Shrimp (Dark)
4. Orange & Gold Shrimp
5. Agivey wye Bug No.1
6. Claret Shrimp
7. Yellow Shrimp
S. Claret Tail Bann Shrimp
9. Silver Shrimp
10. White Shrimp

Agivey Wye Bug No.1

Hook: Size 6-12 treble, double or single
Tag: Flat or oval silver
Tail: Golden pheasant red breast feather
Rear body: Orange seal's fur
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Middle hackle: Hot orange
Front body: Black seal's fur
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Wings: Jungle cock
Front hackle: Red game or light brown
Head: Black

Agivey Wye Bug No.2

Hook: Size 6-12 treble, double or single
Tag: Flat or oval silver
Tail: Golden pheasant red breast feather
Rear body: Orange seal's fur
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Middle hackle: Hot orange
Front body: Black seal's fur
Rib: Oval silver tinsel
Wings (or eyes in small sizes): Jungle cock
Front hackle: Black
Head: Black

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