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Mairi's Shrimp
A Ross Macdonald Fly

Mairi's Shrimp, A Ross Macdonald Fly

Name Mairi's Shrimp
Category Atlantic Salmon/Steelhead
Hook Personal choice
Thread Red
TailClaret bucktail with pearl twinkle
Butt Oval Gold
Body Claret Seal's fur (front), Yellow Lite Brite (rear)
Rib Flat gold (seal's fur only)
WingOrange Squirrel; Jungle Cock
HackleLong claret cock

Mairi's Shrimp was tied for Atlantic Salmon by Scottish Fly Tier, Ross Macdonald, with the thought that this might also be a great fly for steelhead. I agree. Ross writes, "I would like to share a pattern of mine which has been very successful for Atlantic Salmon on several of our rivers. It has been featured in Trout and Salmon and Fly-fishing and Fly-tying magazines. I thought the color scheme might be of interest to my steelhead cousins across the pond." See his notes about fishing this fly below. 

ROSS'S NOTES: Has done particularly well in colored water (not dirty), and in low light. I like to hand line and tend to cast nearer 60 degrees than 45. That said each to his own.

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