yewchuckshrimp FOM March 2021 for blog 2

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Steve Yewchuck, Beacon, NY, You can find Steve @:

This shrimp pattern was tied for a friend who was headed on a Bonefish trip and was looking for a larger brownish pattern. It’s based off of classic realistic shrimp patterns but uses modern materials.

Hook – Partridge sea streamer 1/0 or Ahrex SA 220 Saltwater Streamer Hook
ThreadUTC 70 brown or any brown 6/0 thread
Heads EP Fibers tan
Antenna 2 Flashabou pearl fibers
Eyes – 60lb mono/UV black resin
Legs Buggy Nymph Legs tan
ShellScud Back brown
RibUltra Wire medium brown
Body dubbingSenyo’s Laser Dub tan
TailFlymen Fish-Skull Shrimp Tail medium

1- start by running thread the length of the hook from eye to the bend and spin a clump of EP tan fibers to form the head making sure they are 360 .
2- next tie in two Flashabou fibers in on top making the antenna.
3- next the eyes are tied in one on each side . The eyes are 60lb mono melted flat on the ends and covered with black uv resin. The resin must cover the flat melted ends to stay connected.
4- tie in the scud skin with the head trimmed to a triangular shape on top. Pull the skin over the head and out of the way.
5- I then dub in a short section of tan dubbing which the legs are tied into . Make a few thin wraps of dubbing over the leg that you have held in place. Positioned 4 legs on each side .
6- tie in the brown wire on the side and pull towards the head out of the way.
7- then make a tapered dubbing body back to the eye of the hook leaving room to tie in the metal shrimp tail.
8- after the tail is tied in run some dubbing over it to hide the attachment point.
9- I then lay the scud skin down on the back of the fly and wrap the wire forward forming the segmentation.
10- bring the wire under the scud skin and trim it tieing it off with a whip knot . I then put a dab of super glue to secure the knot.
11- trim the scud skin to finish the fly .


  1. Why not show this in a video when he ties the fly.
    As it is written, it is stupid to think only the best tiers in the country know how to tie this fly.
    As it is now, totally useless to the new or inexperienced tier.
    Your clients deserve better.

    1. Agree, much easier to follow along a video. This is not cake baking 101! Where all that is required is a list of ingredients and step by step guide.

      1. Detailed step-by-steps & videos are always really nice, especially for those folks who may get used to tying right along with a video…although I imagine I might be able to make a sloppy but usable copy on the first try from Steve’s materials list and the photo…and I’m a clumsy hack at the vise compared to most readers of this blog. (Thankfully fish don’t notice that so much.)

        But just looking at it…it sure looks like a real shrimp, don’t it? A good design; I’m impressed–if I tied one up my wife would surely sauté the thing.

    2. Have to say I agree. I’m not an inexperienced tier and think I can figure it out between text and picture but it shouldn’t be such a challenge to tie, what is in essence, an uncomplicated fly.

    3. It’s not that hard to follow a written recipe. Sure it seems intimidating at first, but go through a few patterns with written instruction only and then you won’t need a stinking video ?

  2. I have to agree with Mr. &/or Ms. Rainey & Lee. I’ve been tying for close to 40 years & just reading the procedure left me shaking my head a bit. While there is little difficulty for me (usually) putting together a fly just using the material list, a new tyer would greatly benefit from at least a photo description of the necessary steps to complete the fly if not a video.
    But all in all Steve this definitely is going to be a fine shrimp & crawfish pattern added to my fresh and salt water boxes here in NY & FL. Thank you.
    Keep at it guys, it will all come together for you before you know it.

    1. Yep, my thought too Bob. I usually just print out a photo of a finished fly and then try the obvious steps to see how it comes out…nearly always does…and often I change something in-flight anyway, and one thing I thought about for this terrific shrimp might be to invert the hook. Done that before, though other than the skewered thumb risk one then has to figure out whether the fly would just flip over, since flies don’t know which way is up.

      So yes, maybe a piece of mono as a “weed guard,” as you suggest, would be the better approach, if snags are a concern. In surf I think they’re generally not, but to turn this into a crawdad and fish it in rivers, snags have to be expected. Adding a flexible snip of mono would be real easy–anchor a piece halfway down the body and then just wind the body dubbing right past it. Your thoughts Steve? Tried that?

      1. I was thinking inverted hook as well. I think the tail they added has some weight to it, it should help keep it point-up. I might mess around with this pattern when I get around to buying some more of the materials.

        1. I hear you Mei, I already added some of that scud back stuff to my next order…somehow I never acquired any of it up to now. It looks great on Steve’s shrimp and should be easy to tie onto numerous kinds of patterns.

  3. First, as a fly tying instructor, I commend Steve for his pattern. Nicely done. Thanks for posting Steve.
    Secondly, I am perplexed at some of the previous comments. While i do not know Steve, nor was i familiar with his work until now, we all knew up front that this article is not in video format. If you wish to see videos they are readily available. It is worth looking at his Instagram page to find that he is a designer and does custom work for clients. I did not see any videos of his work there. As he is in business it seems perfectly reasonable not to share videos of HIS materials and techniques. He was kind enough to share this pattern and recipe with our community. It was done traditionally.
    Finally, I do not know many tiers who are willing to invest $2000 and up in studio quality equipment and take the significant time to produce and edit decent video tutorials.

    Let’s not forget that fly fishing is a GENTLEMAN’S sport. Let’s not dissuade other tiers from posting their innovative creations.

    Tight lines…

    1. Well said, Paul. I’m *far* from a vise pro (as we all know), but I didn’t find it all that confusing–as was said earlier, it is not a complicated fly–dubbing a tapered body, ribbing, adding legs–all pretty standard moves. Steve took the time to share his invention here, so I’d far rather thank him than say anything else.

      I do love videos…I guess we all do…but myself, I go to video sites to find them. I think the aggravation felt is actually a big compliment and a tribute to Steve and to this pattern–that so many of us want so much to tie up this fly–we just can’t wait to do it. So thanks Steve for a pattern that looks so much like a shrimp I thought you’d taken a photo of the natural.

      – Mike

  4. I disagree with the comment, “…it is stupid to think only the best tiers in the country know how to tie this fly. As it is now, totally useless to the new or inexperienced tier.”
    I am not proficient,as I only occasionally get to enjoy tying flies. I started by replicating off of a picture and material list, because YouTube didn’t exist.
    Use your imagination and work on your problem-solving skills because you may find yourself in a situation where somebody hasn’t made a step-by-step video to walk you through putting on your underwear. I am truly concerned for this screen dependent generation 🙁

    1. Well Country Boy & Paul you got me there. My first comment was not meant in anyway as criticism to Steve. It is indeed to his credit that he was kind enough to share this fine fly & the recipe. Guess I got a bit caught up with the idea of a video as I read some comments. I also see why the new tyers would like a video as I guess time has gone by & we find ourselves in 2021. The world for its new technologies now dictates that all is instantly at our fingertips. Those young enough can write an essay with their thumbs on a 4 inch cell phone in the time it takes us old timers to tie a Wooly Bugger from memory.
      I too started tying from pictures in Outdoor Life & graduated to the Orvis Guide’s to Fly Tying around 1978. Worked for me, though I don’t profess to be an expert at the vise. I’ve tied up 4 different versions of Steve’s pattern. They all swim well in my tester, hook down or up. It’s too cold in WNY to see what they do at the end of a rod. But they look pretty good, to me at least. I again send my appreciation to Steve
      as I’m always looking for new shrimp & crayfish patterns. This fly promises to be a long timer for me. Let’s just all hope our fly tying & fishing never becomes a “virtual reality!” Stay safe & tight lines.

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