Irish Shrimp Tube Fly

Needle Tubes and Tube Flies

Step by Step dressing of an Irish Shrimp needle tube fly

by John Gray

Irish Shrimp Tube Fly

The Erie Shrimp


Irish Shrimp Flies, such as Curry's Red, Bann Special, Faughan Shrimp, Foxford Shrimp and Claret Shrimp, have traditionally been dressed on single, double or treble hooks. In recent years, the Esmond Drury style of treble hook has become popular for the Irish Shrimp style of dressing, and very effective they are too. Irish Shrimps may be dressed, though, on any style of hook or on the increasing variety of fly tying tubes now available to the salmon fly tyer. The pattern illustrated below was devised and sent to me by an American friend Bob Schoeller, who has used it to good effect for the steelhead of Lake Erie and its tributary streams. See: Steelhead Needle Tube Flies . I have named the fly the Erie Shrimp. In an effort to create an Irish Shrimp profile similar to flies dressed on double or treble hooks, I selected a slim stainless steel needle tube (developed and manufactured in Scotland by Grays of Kilsyth) with an outside diameter of only 1.5mm and a length of 15 mm. See also Tube Flies


Tying the Erie Shrimp


Tube: 15 mm needle tube, daimeter 1.5mm
Tail: golden pheasant breast feather (Krystal Flash in tail optional)
Body: rear, yellow floss - front, black floss or thread - silver rib over both
Hackle: middle, yellow cock - front, brown or Greenwell's cock hackle
Wing: small jungle cock nails


Step 1: Secure needle tube in tube fly vice and lay a bed of black thread

Irish Shrimp Tube Fly - step 1


Step 2: Tie in a golden pheasant breast feather, wind two or three turns and secure. A few strands of flash may be added.

Irish Shrimp Tube - Step 2


Step 3: Tie in fine oval silver rib and wind over yellow floss rear body

Irish Shrimp Dressing - step 3


Step 4: Wind two or three turns of yellow cock hackle, form front half of body with black thread or floss, wind silver rib

Step 4 - Irish Shrimp Tube Fly


Step 5: Add two small jungle cock feathers on top

Irish Shrimp Tube - step 5


Step 6: Wind two or three turns of brown or Greenwell's cock hackle

Irish Shrimp Tube Flies - 6


Step 7: Form small neat head and finish with two coats of Cellire No. 1 varnish, add a link of clear PVC or silicone tubing and a hook of choice

The Erie Shrimp


Another Irish Shrimp Needle Tube Fly

Bann Special Irish Shrimp Tube Fly

The Bann Special Tube Fly


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