Tying Video – The Estaz Shrimp

I recently went on a Redfish trip down to Bayou Du Large in southern Louisiana with some friends. I took some of the flies I had last year and tied up some new ones as well, doesn’t everyone before a fishing trip?  One of them which is a staple that I tied is the Estaz Shrimp.  This shrimp is a real simple pattern to tie and it’s a great-looking little pattern.  But do not be turned away because of the simplicity of tying this fly.  The Estaz Shrimp as all sorts of action in the water and is very versatile.  It can be fished on the bottom, right under the surface or anywhere in between.  It all depends on how you tie the fly.

Two key components of the fly can be varied for an unlimited number of fishing conditions.  You can use lead dumbbell eyes,  bead chain eyes or no eyes at all.  You can vary the color of the entire fly or mix and match the body and tale materials.  Where I was fishing we don’t want the flies actually dragging on the bottom we want them swimming somewhere in the middle of the water column maybe a foot or a foot and a half below the surface.  So these flies are tied with just the bead chain eyes and no lead weight, that plus the hook is enough to sink the fly.  The craft fur and Estaz are sparse enough as to not present too much drag in the water but still keep a nice body shape.  The nice thing is that these flies will sink real slow.  You let them sink down about 2 feet, you give them a couple of quick strips that actually pull them back up to about a foot below the surface and then let them flutter back down.  It’s this jigging action that gets the attention of the Redfish.  These flies can also be tied with different colored material or you can mix but the colors of the body and the tail to meet different water conditions.

As I mentioned the materials on this are very basic and simple and that it’s a quick fly to tie.  Even if you’re not going out to fish saltwater you can tie some of these up and swing them for smallmouth on some of your favorite  streams.  If you are a beginning fly tier this is a great fly to get exposed to new materials and tying techniques.

Hook:Mustad S71S (34007) or Tiemco 811s, #2 – #6
Thread:UTC 140 Denier Tan
Weight:10 – 12 wraps of lead wire (optional)
Tail:Extra Select Craft Fur, Tan
Banding:Black or Brown Sharpie
Legs:Pumpkin Sili-Legs, two on each side
Body:Estaz Grande, or regular Estaz for smaller hooks, Tan
Eyes:Dumbbell eyes or Bead Chain Eyes, Silver or Gold, Size depends on how much weight you want in the fly

So I hope you enjoy the Estaz Shrimp.  It is a nice fly to tie and a productive fly to fish.  Stay tuned to Dressed Irons as I have three other Redfish flies that are going to be posted in the coming weeks.  Then later this summer, I also have a number of Bonefish flies that are going to be posted. More simple shrimp patterns that are real fish catchers.  I also have another fly tying class in March where we will be tying some classic trout nymphs with a little bit of a twist.  If you haven’t read it yet I posted dates for the fly tying classes I have scheduled for the Winter and Spring of 2020.  You can check that out here.  Check back soon.

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If you would rather purchase some Estaz Shrimp patterns there are a few here at Dressed Irons for sale (while supplies last).

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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