Tying Video – Borski’s No-Name Shrimp

I was asked back around the holidays to do a class in February on Bonefish flies at a local shop as they had a group headed to South Andros targeting big Bonefish.  Having fished there myself a couple years ago I knew just what flies would be good for anyone headed on this trip.  The first fly I taught in the class was the Borski No-Name shrimp, sometimes called the Craft Fur Shrimp.  It is an easy fly to tie and very productive.  Much of the waters that are fished around South Andros are deeper (meaning 3 – 4 feet) and a larger fly with a little weight is needed to get the fly down quick.  Once in the water and around the fish the Borski No-Name shrimp comes alive with it’s craft fur tail, markings and hackle legs.  Plus, it is a quick fly to tie.  Anyone can have a dozen or so flies in their box in no time and be ready some Bonefish fun.


Often Bonefish flies are smaller and have lighter weight on them so they do not “spook” fish when they land on the water.  Which is what is needed if you are mostly casting to Bonefish in shallower/calmer waters.  However, if the fish are deeper and there is a little chop on the surface something like the Borski No-Name shrimp works great.  It sinks like a rock and has tons of action and contrast to get the attention of the fish.  If you happen upon a school of Bonefish (which there are lots of them in South Andros) the No-Name shrimp is perfect as it will sink right in amongst the school and be taken up in a heart beat.  As mentioned before, it is also a quick and easy fly to tie.  You can vary it up with colors and weight as needed but the version in this video seems to work just fine.  If you do no have a grizzly saddle to use on this fly a Cree neck or even a tan hackle marked with a sharpie will work.  You are mostly looking for the hackle to represent legs and have some contract.  The contrast is what catches the eye of the Bonefish.  This is a fly that you can easily tie a couple dozen in an afternoon and have more than you need for your Bonefish outing.  Also, it is a fun fly from a teaching standpoint as it is simple and sometimes the simpler the fly the more effective it is.  Either way, it was a fun fly to tie and teach and a good class.

Hook:Mustad S71S (34007) or Tiemco 811s, #2 – #6
Thread:Danville Flat Waxed Nylon, Tan
Tail:Extra Select Craft Fur, Tan
Banding:Sharpie Marker, Brown or Black
Flash:2 – 3 Strands of Flash Accent, Pearl (optional)
Body:Whiting American Rooster Saddle Hackle, Grizzly
Eyes:Dumbbell Eyes, Yellow with Black Pupils

I did not get the last Redfish fly video done in time so it will be after these three Bonefish flies.  There are two more Bonefish flies from the class I did in February and then the Redfish Hammerhead.  I had mentioned in the previous post on the Electric Chicken that I would be doing some videos on some Soft Hackle flies but that has changed.  As mentioned, Soft Hackle flies are not really a frequent thing here in central Indiana so I decided at the last minute to table those flies for later in the summer when I can fish them on a couple trout streams we have around here and change the next few videos to some Bluegill/Panfish flies.  The weather is warming around here and the water will be as well.  Panfish are some of the first species to get active and be targets for the fly rod.  So, I have about seven flies I want to share with everyone that have proven very good patterns over the year.  It will be fun.

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 Borski No-Name Shrimp flies 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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