Saltwater Fly Fishing In The United Kingdom

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NGD (Next Generation Dub) Shrimp.

There are not many flies that are engulfed by fish as soon as they hit the water. Well this is what happened first *three* casts I used this fly! This is a very effective shrimp pattern that only takes minutes to tie, lasts well and catches a LOT of fish. The one shown below uses pink but the NGD brushes come in lots of different colours.

What you'll need.

  • Thread 6/0 or similar to match colour of shrimp.
  • Polar bear or similar hair for feelers.
  • Squirrel Tail fur for secondary feelers.
  • NGD (Next generation Dub) Twister (here I used Shrimp in SW Medium)
  • Dumbell eyes.
  • Nail Varnish
  • Mustad 34007 hooks in size 6 and 4 or similar (Shown is a Sakuma).


Step 1

Start the Thread on the hook and work down the to the hook bend above the barb.

Step 2

Tie in a small tuft of Polar Bear hair or similar, to match, or even contrast the fly. Tie in a little of the short hairs from the base of a squirrel Tail. Trim both.

Step 3

Tie in a gold dumbell just below or beside the trim point. Tie this in on top of the shank to fish the shrimp hook point up or below the shank to fish it the right way up. Here it is tied in below the shank

Step 4

Tie in the NGD Dubbing brush with the fibres facing down and return the thread to the hook eye.

Step 5

Wind one or two turns in front of the dumbells and then take a figure of eights around the dumbells. Keep brushing the fibres to the front of the fly with each turn.

Step 6

Wind the NGD brush down to the hook eye and secure. No need for touching turns as the brush is quite bushy. Three or four turns is fine. Tie off fly and cut thread.

Take your scissors and trim the *sides* of the fly.

Step 7

next just trim the top and bottom a little to give the shape above.

Step 8

Place a spot of varnish on the treads to finish.

Step 9

... and there you have it. Unlike other materials, NGD dub is actually plant based. Yes, we've just made a Veggie shrimp! It is a a little expensive as fly tying materials go and those that can make their own dubbing brushes may like to buy the raw dubbing and make the brushes themselves. But you can't argue with the fish and three fish in the first three casts tells me that there's something about this stuff that is worth giving it a go. You can get 3-4 Shrimps from a strip and there are three strips in a pack meaning you get about 10-12 flies from a £3.80 pack.

Step 10

Here's the fly wet. Shrimpier than Shipman's Shrimp Paste!

Happy tying and if you have any problems, We're in the Forum
Tight loops.


Carl Hutchinson


Carl Hutchinson is a qualified instructor with the EFFA and FFFUSA and runs saltwater fly fishing Mullet with He is a member of the 55 yard club and current Roxtons International Saltwater Fly Casting Champion and has fished extensively in many saltwater locations and specialises in saltwater fly fishing for Salmon in Canada.





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