Ally's Shrimp salmon flies
Tail: hot orange bucktail (with Krystal hair
Body: half red and half black floss silk with medium oval
Underwing: grey squirrel top and bottom.
Overwing: bunch of GP tippets.
Collar hackle: hot orange.
Head: red thread or varnish
To anglers, there is no greater feeling of satisfaction
than catching a fish on a fly which they have tied themselves, or better
still, devised themselves. I am very fortunate in having developed a series
of patterns which have proven very successful for Atlantic salmon, in
particular, the Ally's Shrimp. The photo shows the original orange Ally's
Shrimp. Some of the flies are direct variants of this pattern, whilst
others, such as Cascade, are a little different but the underlying theme
of a long, streaming tail is common to most. In the fly sales pages you
will see a range of Ally's Shrimps and hairwing flies that have proven
to be really effective for Atlantic salmon in all countries and are rapidly
gaining in popularity for steelhead and sea trout in various parts of
the World. The original version of Ally's Shrimp is still the most popular,
but the yellow, silver and red variants are close behind. Perhaps the
most surprising pattern however is Cascade, this fly has enjoyed astounding
success everywhere and is now the top pattern on many beats and rivers.
If you want some evidence of how good Ally's shrimps are
as salmon flies, just look up the credits in "The World's Best Flies" published
by The North Atlantic Salmon Fund. And if you don't have this superb
book contact NASF at Skipholt 35, IS-105 Reykjavik, Iceland, requesting
a copy and send them as big a donation as possible to help save the Atlantic
"Ally's Shrimp" was also voted the "Salmon Fly of the Millennium" by
the readers of EMAP fishing magazines, Trout and Salmon and Trout Fisherman and
Angling Times. For lots more information about shrimp and prawn flies see the
answers to Fish & Fly magazine's questions to Ally.
If you wish to see the complete range of salmon flies for
sale and to purchase some really great fly patterns go to "My
flies for sale".