Fly of the Month – The Shrimpadillo

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

ShrimpadilloAn inshore Gulf Coast flats trip to Florida in the Spring of 2021 was very successful save one frustrating morning. As I paddled the kayak in the early dawn across a shallow flat at low tide, I encountered several dozen tailing bull redfish. It was quite a sight as large pods of fish slowly meandered around the flat stirring up breakfast. I wasn’t really set up fly wise for redfish, but quickly changed flies and started chucking various stuff in front of fish. For whatever reason, they were not the least bit interested nor spooked and I never connected before the pod slowly moved away. So when I returned home, I started thinking about what flies I needed if I wanted to be successful in the tailing redfish scenario. One of the options was the traditional spoon fly, a redfish staple.

I had never really tried to tie spoon flies before primarily because I was never keen on all that slow drying epoxy and braided tubing hassle. But times had changed and with a little research it was easy to discover the advent of new methods of tying spoon flies with purpose constructed cutouts, hooks and UV resins. As I ventured down the spoon fly road, I came across a unique design—the Shrimpadillo.  Half shrimp, half spoon, the Shrimpadillo was a hybrid design that captured the essence of a shrimp pattern as well as the wobbling nature of the spoon fly which might represent a baitfish or crab pattern. The Shrimpadillo is the original creation of brothers Steven and Alan Kulcak of Sightcastfishing.com, a south Texas outfit.

The inspiration for the Shrimpadillo came after a day on the water sight casting to redfish along Texas Gulf coast. Alan had the original idea but both brothers worked through many variations until they felt they had the pattern nailed down in terms of effectiveness and durability on the water. Steven told me the name came to them almost instantly as the fly looked like the head of a shrimp with the shell of an armadillo—an abundant resident of the South Texas countryside. Rumor even has it that one version called for the urine stained belly fur of a female armadillo, but I couldn’t verify that.

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Fly of the Month – Borchers Parachute

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Paul Shurtleff, Springville UT, You can find Paul @: www.instagram.com/insectinside/, www.facebook.com/pauliescustomflies

The Borchers Special is a dry fly developed by Ernie Borchers of Grayling, Michigan around the 1940s. This fly was turned into a parachute style fly and simply called The Borchers Parachute since parachute flies became very popular.

It was created to mimic early season spinner falls, primarily dark colored flies in Michigan and is still used to this day. Some prefer it to the Adams dry fly which is an extremely popular fly.

This version is tied by J. Stockard Pro Paulie Shurtleff. See the video for all of the tying details.

Materials list:
Hook: J2 105 Dry Fly Hook
Thread: Semperfli Brown Classic Waxed 8/0
Tail: Moose Body Hair
Rib: Semperfli Brown Thin Wire
Body: Cinnamon Tipped Turkey Tail
Thorax: Brown Fine Dry Dubbing
Hackle: Brown
Post: McFlylon White

Fly of the Month – Wulff Variant

Guest Blogger: Jeff Rowley, follow him on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/rowleybenchwork/

February is a great time to fish for trout, but gear up, it’s pretty cold! It’s also a great time to fill your boxes and start getting ready for spring! I’m looking forward to late June and July in the Rockies for the green drake hatch! This is a Wulff variant that will get the job done. It’s big, robust and easy on the eyes!

Materials:
Hook : Ahrex FW503 size 12
Thread : Semperfli 18/0 Nanosilk black
Body : Superglue, Green Turkey Biot, Peacock Herl
Tail : Moose body
Hackle : Medium Dun & Cree or Barred Ginger
Wing : Calf Body

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