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“The foil speaks, the wise man listens”

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After many requests regarding my Gammarus pattern and where to obtain the foils heres a up dated re post with a little more info.

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This photo was taken last week, while on a fishing trip to Shetland. Some of the small Lochs had huge amounts of gammarus and the fish refused everything else! Every fish we took in such Lochs where full to the gills with these small fresh water shrimp. Having a good imitative pattern proved to be seriously effective!

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The fish that where feeding on Gammarus where in exceptional condition!

Some of you may have seen, that a couple of weeks ago I received some shrimp foils from ‘the fly people’ in Germany to test, they where very successful. After playing a little with them I reversed one and tied a gammarus pattern as this is one of my post productive for salt water sea trout. When Lutz, from the fly people saw my pattern, he asked what I would change on the shrimp foil to make it a gammarus foil ? I went straight to the drawing board and made him a sketch. Yesterday these prototypes arrived.

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 This is a photo I took while fishing of the contents of a sea trout’s stomach, need I say more !

There where only six foils on the sheet so I haven’t had so much practice or opportunity to play around with the design but this is the result so far. If you would like more info about the foils or to order some, you can send an e mail to: theflypeople@web.de

Hook:  Mustad C67SNP-BR # 12-6 http://www.mustad.no/productcatalog/na/product.php?id=326

Tying thread:  Olive

Feelers:  Pheasant tail fibers

Rib:  Fine copper wire

Shell back:  Gammarus foil http://www.theflypeople.com/

Shell back coating:  Bug Bond  http://www.bug-bond.moonfruit.com/

Under body: Virtual nymph Seals fur http://www.virtual-nymph.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.browse&category_id=1&Itemid=26

Legs:  Pheasant tail fibers

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Secure your hook in the vice, make sure its horizontal.

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Run tying thread along the whole hook shank and down into the bend.

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Make a small dubbing loop at the tail of the hook.

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Load a Petitjean magic tool with pheasant tail fibers, you only need a few for the beard so use the smallest tool.

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Wax your tying thread, and run your tying thread to the hook eye. Spin the pheasant tail fibers in the dubbing loop.

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Wind on the dubbing brush, making sure that you brush all the peasant tail fibers out with each turn so you dont tie them down wrongly. Tie off the dubbing brush.

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Select the right size foil for your hook size.

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Remove the foil from the sheet.

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Tie in the foil by the small tag at the base of the feelers.

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Make another dubbing loop a little larger this time and hang out of the way on your vices material clip.

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Tie in a length of fine copper wire. This should be a few mm up from the dubbing loop as shown. This is so your first turn of rib will be in the correct position in respect to the foil later.

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Dubb the whole body with seals fur. First a couple of turns under the copper wire and the over. The gammarus body should taper from thick to thin as you approach the hook eye.

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Spin a larger amount than before of peasant tail fibers in the rear dubbing loop. Remember to keep them short. Wind in an open spiral to form the legs.

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Tie of the dubbing brush at the head of the fly and brush down the legs each side of the body.

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Now fold over the foil and tie down so it sits tight over the whole body of the shrimp.

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Now wrap the copper wire rib in between each plate segment on the foil. But as you go brush out the leg fibers with each turn so you dont trap them and tie the down flat. Tie off the copper wire at the head of the fly.

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You can now colour your shell back if required with a waterproof felt pen.

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Give the whole shell back foil a coat with Bug Bond. If your careful you can do each segment at a time to give it a more three dimensional effect. Rough up the fibers in the feelers and legs with a tooth brush.

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The finished Gammarus.

10 responses

  1. Fantastic and not at least the pictures.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

  2. Armando

    Awesome..!!! Very very nice and very perceptive too…I like it.

    August 7, 2013 at 4:00 am

    • Thanks Armando, I will be trying to do more with the foils soon!

      August 7, 2013 at 8:07 am

  3. dryflyfisher47

    Hat dies auf Single Hand Spey rebloggt und kommentierte:
    Excellent gammarus pattern.

    August 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

  4. Nicholas Steedman

    What a wonderful fly and fish Barry! I would be interested to know how you fished the fly on the lochs? Fishing imitative Gammarus patterns for Scottish trout is not something I’ve heard being done before!

    September 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    • Hi NIc, Thanks,

      This was on one special Loch where we saw little if nearly any fish rising. But in the shallows the water was alive with gammarus, so we tied one on! I am working now on the full story from Shetland and will be publishing it soon.

      Barry

      September 27, 2013 at 7:39 am

    • Nicholas Steedman

      Many thanks Barry, I look forward to the full write-up!

      September 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

  5. An absolutely fabulous blog. Thank you for the guidance in my novice fly tyings…photo’s are fantastic. Is there anything coming to You tube? Kind regards Jon / parkerjon

    October 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    • Hi Jon, and thanks.

      I have already put out a few videos but will be doing more on a regular basis in the new year. Please share the blog with your fly tying friends!

      Cheers

      Barry

      October 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

  6. david

    Those are nice little fiddlies, those “foils.” The dogs’ danglies.
    Ive read that curved or curled up scuds, as we normally tie them, are DEAD in the wild. It seems the only time these critters curl up and stay that way – is when the have passed on to the Great Aquapool in the sky. But it has been mentioned that these are more effective when tied with a BACKWARDS curve to the hook. I dunno know if this true, just wondering if you’d heard it.
    Brilliant tie job, as usual.

    January 11, 2014 at 3:07 am

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