Streamers: Step-by-step fly tying instructions
Fish-Skull Foxy Shrimp designed by Mike Smith.
An exceptional shrimp fly pattern designed to be fished in shallow water for a variety of saltwater species.
The Fish-Skull Foxy Shripm is tied with the award-winning Fish-Skull® Mini Sculpin Helmet™ to get the fly down fast and ensure that it will always swim in the hook-up position without snagging while fishing the grass and sand flats.
Ultra-realistic Fish-Skull® Living Eyes™ act as an important trigger for predatory gamefish.
Fly tying materials
Head: Fish-Skull® Sculpin Helmet™, mini, silver.
Eyes: Fish-Skull® Living Eyes™, 3 mm, ice.
Hook: #4, standard saltwater, stainless.
Rubber Legs: Crazy legs, clear/pearl flake (or similar).
Body: Fox fur, white.
Flash: Crystal (pearl).
Thread dam: Pink.
Fly tying instructions
This fly is tied in the hook upwards position. Secure the hook in the vise as shown, and attach your thread (mono or white) to the hook.
Note: Leave a large gap between the thread and the eye of the hook to make room to fit the Sculpin Helmet.
Take a strip of Crazy Legs (or similar silicone “rubber legs”) and cut it into 4 sections.
Note: You will use one section per fly.
Tie in the rubber legs. Use 4 or 5 tight thread wraps and make sure the rubber legs are completely wrapped around the entire hook shank (360º).
Tie in 6-8 strands of Crystal Flash.
Rotate your vise so the hook is facing downwards. Take a small, sparse amount of Fox fur and tie it in.
Spread the fur around so it covers the top half of the hook shank.
Rotate your vise so the hook is back in the hook-up position. This is the top of the fly.
Take another sparse clump of Fox fur and tie on the top half of the fly.
Note: make sure the fur (top and bottom) completely covers the hook shank and is wrapped evenly around all sides (360º).
Tie off your thread.
Note: There's still a large gap behind the eye of the hook which leaves you room to fit the Sculpin Helmet.
Put some super glue all around (360º) the thread wraps.
Fit the Sculpin Helmet onto the fly. Make sure the Sculpin Helmet is seated firmly in place against the materials.
Note: there should be a small gap between the eye of the hook and the Sculpin Helmet.
Re-attach pink thread between the front of the Sculpin Helmet and the eye of the hook.
Use 10-15 thread wraps to create a thread dam which secures the Sculpin Helmet firmly in place.
Tie off your thread and use head cement.
Put a small drop of super glue in the middle of each eye socket.
Place a Living Eye in each eye socket.
Trim the rubber legs so that they are the same length or slightly shorter than the Fox fur.
Note: Trim the legs to different lengths to help them move better in the water and give the fly a more natural look.
Be careful not to cut the Fox fur while trimming the rubber legs.
Your fly is done! Go catch a big fish!