Thread - Flat, waxed,
Body Dubbing - Coarse, Antron®
Legs - Centipede Legs™ from
The Montana Fly Company
Eyes - Dumbbell eyes,
weighted or unweighted - your
Ribbing Material -
Glue - CA glue such as Super
Glue® or Zap-a-Gap®
Miscellaneous - Epoxy
* Unweighted shrimp are tied in the normal hook
position - hook barb is below the body.
* Weighted patterns that are
designed to be fished on the bottom should be tied with the hook
upside-down - with the hook barb above the head.
Make a shellback using River Road Creations'
Crawfish/Shrimp Shellback cutter and
River Foam™ material or cut a similar
shape using scissors.
Select a hook with shank length appropriate to the
length of the shellback you have selected.
Place the hook in the vise and attach thread at the
bend of the hook, using flat waxed nylon thread.
Attach dumbbell eyes, either weighted or unweighted,
as you prefer, using several x-wraps.
Take a six-inch length of ribbing material and tie
in behind the eyes. If you want antennae, tie them in now -
projecting over the eyes.
Winding back up the hookshank, attach three sets of
evenly paced centipede legs® and
return the thread to the bend of the hook.
Trim the shellback so that the front will sit in
right behind the eyes and the fan tail will extend over the eye of
Tie in the shellback right behind the eyes with
three turns of thread and lift up and away from the hook.
Using coarse antron®
dubing, dub the thread heavily or use a dubbing loop to build up
enough bulk to form the underbody.
Wrap the dubbed thread from the bend toward
the hook eye, weaving carefully around the legs and form a bulky
body. Take several turns behind the hook eye.
Pull the shellback down over the body and use the
ribbing material to form the segments as you progress back toward
the hook eye.
When you reach the hook eye, tie off the ribbing
with the thread, then lift the fantail and take a couple of turns
around the hook itself - behind the eye.
Whip-finish and cut off the thread.
Trim the legs and antennae to length.
A small drop of super glue at the front and back of
the shellback will add durability. The shellback can also be
epoxyed, if you want a shinier finish.