Years earlier on my very first endeavor to Christmas Island (The Towns) I was talking with CEO/Designer Morten Bungaard from Pro Sportfisher by means of Skype a number of months prior to going out. Morten stated something about the shrimp shells and why no American utilizes the shrimp and how lethal they are on all fish. I inquired about the 2 finest colors (obviously, we equipped them in the U.S. however hardly ever offered them). I was informed the 2 finest colors were Tutti Frutti and Tan/Clear.
Equipped with that details, I found out which shells fit the Mustad 3407 along with the Ahrex Shrimp hooks (NS 150 & & SA 250). I left for Christmas Island armed w/ a Marco Polo connecting set and 2 Fin Sport loads filled with products to connect as required. I cranked out a couple of flies after supper and fishing day 1. There the flies beinged in my box for the next number of days. My box was a double-sided water resistant box for Bonefish/Trevally/Trigger flies. I would hand package to my guide and state smaller sized lighter flies on this side, much heavier bigger flies on the other. The guides would thumb through both sides of package tipping flies up, taking a glimpse and pressing them pull back … usually landing on a Christmas Island Unique in either Bead Chain or Dumbbell variation depending upon tide, depth and wind slice or do not have of. The uncommon no wind glassy surface area condition constantly required smaller/lighter bead chain variations and a leader dropping to 12 pound and approximately 12 ′ -14 ′ long.
Fishing was great to outstanding in the early morning sessions while each of the very first couple of days was difficult on all flats every afternoon -or- soon after lunch for all 16 anglers in the group. So, on day 4 as the guide thumbed through package in the feared afternoon lull and after a couple of rejections I stated, “I want to fish that a person indicating the shrimp”. My guide Eketi (Noticable Eck-us) unwillingly concurred stating, “O.K. however if a fish declines, we simply alter flies rapidly.” Undoubtedly, I felt no self-confidence because reply, however the guide livened up a little when the shrimp was pulled from package turned over revealing the information of the shrimp shell which might not be viewed as the fly flights upside down in the fly box simply appearing like mangey-fuzz.
Here is how difficult the afternoons were: If you might set a fly handling not to startle fish even leading the fish by 12 ′– 20 ′, the very first 1 ″ jerk would have fish turning and running like they saw a ghost. The shrimp altered all of that. The next 4 hours saw a minimum of 40 fish landed) Bonefish, Trevally and Triggers). The guide even made a couple of casts when I had sufficient passing on to me, he would take the rod if I discovered the fish to cast. Eketi was particular he would not cast due to the fact that I most likely would not have the ability to see/find fish! Ha. Simply prior to stepping onto the boat heading back to the lodge, the guide held up the fly and stating, “Bruce this fly is outstanding might I keep it”. I pleasantly stated no to tinker him and as soon as on the boat handed him the other 5 newly connected shrimps out of my box together with the idea for the day.
That night I most likely connected a minimum of 2 lots flies understanding I would not have the ability to sleep till I understood I had more flies than I required so I might pass a couple of out to the group.
The next thing I discovered over the next couple of years was not to fish the fly every waking minute on the flats. When fishing is great a a lot easier and quicker to connect Christmas Island Unique, Chili Pepper, Gotcha, Clouser Minnow and so on are great. I especially like my Equator Shrimp when fish are scary or will alter instantly to reveal any Trigger an Equator Shrimp as they hardly ever decline them and frequently chase them down recklessly!
A great deal of flies I connect are usually readily available to purchase or to connect. This one you need to connect for the time being.
— Bruce Berry
Thread: 6/0— White
Hook: Ahrex S/A 250— Size 4-8
Eyes: Hareline Sunken Barbell Brass Eyes— little
Dub Bump: Olive dubbing
Carapace 1: Marble arctic fox
Carapace 2: Marble arctic fox, exact same however somewhat longer
Legs 1: Chicone’s Crusher Legs— Olive Disallowed Clear, long down each side
Legs 2: Chicone’s Crusher Legs– Olive Disallowed Clear, longer over the leading
Feelers: Krystal Flash— Green x2
Rib: 4x mono or fluoro
Body: Ice Dub— UV Pearl
Shell Back: Pro Sportfisher Shrimp Shells