Pattern by Bill Laminack
Why did you choose the materials you did and the techniques to apply them?
Most of the materials choice was based on trying to achieve the most realistic appearance possible. Applying Epoxy over Monofilament as a base creates the perfect translucent appearance that matches live shrimp quite closely. Applying a little bit of appropriate colored marker over the monofilament bleeds in and creates nice life like blends of colors. The antennae and some of mouth parts are created from Kanekalon or Yak Hair. These materials are readily available, durable and cheap. The original eyes are made from 11/0 Glass Beads from Craft stores and coated in epoxy, much like many other crab and shrimp patterns. The EP Shrimp eyes will work if you do not have the time or materials to create your own.
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In your opinion what makes the pattern so effective?
A relatively slow sink rate with a hook riding up allows you to fish the fly over grass flats that are 2′ or more. This allows you to present a very accurate shrimp fly in to the exact places where redfish are looking for shrimp and crabs. The sight of a shrimp popping over the tops of sea grass is just something that few redfish can resist.
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