Wednesday, November 1, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I’ve tied a number of different variations of what I call the Black Cracker shrimp/Mud prawn over the last week or so and have eventually ended up with this version courteous of some well-directed help from Leroy Botha. Out of the two different types found along our shore line I’d go with the Black Cracker every time if I was bait fishing as the Grunter love this critter over the lighter version. Anyway I made an SBS for this pattern which am sure many of you can play around with and improve on.

Step 1: Take a #4 or # 6 Mustad streamer hook and make a slight bend from just in front of the hook point. Place in vice and add two small strips of 1,5mm lead wire to just behind the hook eye.

Step 2: Take a small sprig of 10 to 15 deerhair tips and tie on top of the hook shank near the hook bend.

Step 3: Cut two small strips of 2.5 mm brown foam 10 mm x 3 mm and a piece similar to the shape I’ve cut here for the carapace.

Step 4: Take the two strips of foam and place one on either side of the hoo...

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tied these up to be fished across the channel down at Blue Lagoon on a rising high tide. Have had some decent success with small foam poppers there recently and wanted to have something a little more meatier to push a little more water. 

I used a size 2 Mustad saltwater hook here. First tied on a small clump of silver Mirror Image and then over that added a small clump of bucktail. Then placed a marabou Rachis on either side of the hook and then added 30 lb Maxima mono eyes. Then palmered an Olive streamer brush along the hook shank and topped it off with a strip of pastel pink and white 2mm foam.....Sorted!

Since tying these up and fishing with them, I now take a pair of scissors and snip away some of the streamer brush material just to cut down on the weight as I found it was retaining just a little too much water due to it being tightly packed around the shank. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Mullard a load of extra large silver sequins off an old cushion a while back to make up some Disco shrimp for an order and had some left over. So I put them to good use on these poppers. 5 x white bucktail and 5 with chartreuse bucktail tails.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tied up some Mylar spoons last night. Not sure how they will fish but am sure something wont be able to leave them alone.

I used Electric Yellow Funky fiber for the feelers. 30 lb Maxima mono for the eyes. I then attached a rattle on the underneath of the hook shank and the covered with15 mm Mylar tubing which I flattened once attached and then added a thin layer of BugBond UV Resin for rigidity. Total length 35 mm.

 The only difference with these was the use of Fluoro pink funky fiber for the feelers and thread at the tie off point. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Tied up a slightly different version of my Mallard Minnow. Instead of using some of my Cookies n cream ice dub blend, I swapped it for a palmered light Olive streamer brush from "Fishient H2O Just add water" along the hook shank. Then covered with three Mallard flank feathers as well as add a splash of red for the chin/gill area. I kept these short around 45mm - 50mm in length because I want to use them as cross over flies in both Salt and fresh water conditions. 

 I'm not that convinced with the 5 mm eyes though and might go with the 2mm size the next time I tie a batch of these up.  

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