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The Awesome opossum

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Yesterday I received in the post a few samples of Shrimp foils from the fly people in Germany.  One sheet with coated foils and a second with uncoated.  The coated foils really look the business but unfortunately after three attempts to tie them on and failing miserably in all three, I went over to the uncoated and and had no problems at all.  Although the coated ones seemed flexible enough and relatively easy to position, every time I attached the thread and applied the slightest pressure they snapped! Its not as if I was being heavy handed or over tightening the thread. They just would not tolerate much pressure.

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After succeeding on my first try with the uncoated I can only presume that the coating, which gives them a three dimensional appearance has  somehow effected the the durability of the foil.

From what I can gather the foils are available in two sizes, the one used here is the smallest, and seemed to be tailored for my # 6 Mustad stinger hook. But if I am honest I would like to see even smaller foils for hooks down to size 8 and 10, for salt water sea trout fishing here in Europe.

All that being said the uncoated foils worked great and they give the shrimp an impressive finish. As I mentioned earlier this is only my first tie with the foils and I haven’t even scratched the surface of testing them, I dont even know if the will withstand the teeth of a fish or will take colour from waterproof felt pens…  As soon as I know I will update this post and let you know.

In the meantime you can see they look great, so if you would like to give them a go the contact info for dealers is below.

As a foot note: I was just contacted by Lutz, at the fly people and informed that the coated shrimp foils I received are a prototype and that they have experienced the same problems with them breaking. As a result they are only going to produce the un coated foils for sale. 

Hook: Mustad CS52 # 6 Stinger http://www.mustad.no/productcatalog/product.php?id=182

Tying Thread: Dyneema http://www.virtual-nymph.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=1&Itemid=26

Beard/Feelers: Natural Opossum and Whiting pink spey hackle mixed

Rib: Clear mono

Eyes: EP Crab eyes

Underbody: Opossum dubbing

Shell back: Shrimp foil coated with Bug Bond http://www.theflypeople.com/  to order foils:theflypeople@web.de Bug Bond http://www.veniard.com/section188/

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1

Place your stinger hook in the vice.

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2

Cut a short strip from a piece of opossum fur, keeping a small strip of hide on.

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3

Holding the strip as shown place a Whiting spey hackle over the opossum .

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4

Place the hair and the hackle in a magic tool clip and trim off the hide and hackle stem.

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5

Spin the mixed hackle and hair in a dubbing loop and wind on the hook shaft to form the beard of the shrimp.

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6

On the underside of the hook tie in two strips of lead wire and on the top of the hook shaft a length of clear mono for the rib.

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7

Tie in two EP crab eyes slightly elevated over the beard.

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8

Take some under fur from the opossum patch and dub the whole shrimp body as shown.

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9

Make a dubbing loop in between the beard and the dubbed body. Run your tying thread forward to the hook eye.

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Now make the same mix as the first dubbing loop but in the largest magic tool. So you have enough to cover the whole body.

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Spin this in the dubbing loop. Make sure that you brush out the fibers with a tooth brush before you begin winding it on.

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Once the dubbing brush is wound the full hook shank length tie it off just behind the hook eye.

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Now place your shrimp foil on top of the hook shank and tie in at the tail. Make one whip finish.

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Wind your mono rib carefully along the body of the shrimp making each turn on the marked ribs of the foil. Tie off at the tail.

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Whip finish and remove your tying thread.

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Give each shell back segment a coat with Bug Bond and cure with the UV light.

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The finished Foil back shrimp.

3 responses

  1. Marcel

    I put some green flash underneeth the plastic body shape which I cut myself from a little hook bag. The green flash really adds some livelyhood to it!

    January 24, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    • Sounds good Marcel. I will have to give that a try. I am just waiting for some new flash material to test from the UK so maybe that will work.

      January 24, 2013 at 9:15 pm

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