Chicone’s Disco Shrimp
Designed and Tied by Drew Chicone
Hook: Daiichi X472 sizes 2 or similar long-shank hook,
Thread: Tan 210 Denier Waxed Flymaster
Head: Coyote Body Fur
Body: 3mm closed cell foam – Sand/Tan
UV Ice Dub – Tan
Legs: Life Flex – Tan
Eyes: Large EP Crab & Shrimp Eyes -Black
Rattle: Woodies Rattler Inserts Clear
Antenna: 4 Strands Krystal Flash – Bonefish Tan
Tail: 2 – 4mm Gold Sequin (available at any craft store)
Adhesive: Zap CA Super Thin
Step 1: Start by sliding on two gold Sequins (Convex side toward the eye of the hook). Place the hook in the vice – point down, and start the thread at the point of the hook.
Step 2: Tie in a small tuft of coyote fur approximately one inch long.
Step 3: On top of the coyote, tie in four legs at their middle. Fold the legs back on themselves so they stick out past the bend of the hook and tie down. I like to trim them different lengths, leaving some as long or longer than the coyote.
Step 4: Tie in the eyes on top; they should be even with or extend just slightly past the bend of the hook.
Step 5: Make several wraps in-between the eyes to separate them.
Step 6: Trim off the excess mono, and tie in the rattle (point forward) on top of all the other materials and slightly in front of the eyes. Add a drop of Zap CA to secure the rattle.
Step 7: Tie in 4 doubled strands of Krystal flash for the antenna
Step 8: Directly behind the rattle, tie in a second, slightly longer and fuller bunch of coyote fur on top to cover the rattle.
Step 9: Dub the thread with about 3 inch of dubbing and wrap forward to cover all your previous wraps.
Step 10: On top of the rattle, tie in the foam with 4-5 overlapping wraps. It should be 2 1⁄2 inches long, a quarter of an inch wide and tapered to a point at the shrimp’s head.
Step 11: Dub the thread with 2 inch of ice dub and make 4-5 turns, about 1⁄4 inch under the foam. When you are out of dub, tie down a segment of foam.
Step 12: Repeat process 1-2 more times, reducing the size of the segment slightly each time until you reach the sequins.
Step 13: The sequins should prop up the tag end of the foam (tail).
Step 14: Trim off the excess foam, and whip finish in between the foam and the sequins to complete.
Drew Chicone’s Disco Shrimp was featured in the May/June issue of Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine. The Texas FlyFishers would like to thanks to Drew Chicone for sharing his pattern with us for our Fly Of The Month pattern. Drew was the featured tyer at the 2015 Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival.
You can learn more about this fly and, many more of Drew’s unique patterns in his books, Feather Brain – Developing, Testing & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns, Redfish Flies, Snook Flies, Essential Bonefish Flies – Andros and Essential Permit Patterns, available from his website at www.saltyflytying.com . These books, along with Selecting Natural Materials, are also available in eBook, as well.
Drew is also co-host of Strip Strike University with his fishing buddy and mentor, Joe Mahler. Strip Strike University is a comprehensive, hand’s on, fly fishing academy held on location at Abaco Lodge in the Bahamas.
For more information about Drew and Strip Strike University, check out Drew’s website at www.saltyflytying.com and www.stripstrikeuniversity.com