I have been hooked on shrimp flies since I
remember. From the very beginning in Danish fishing, this type of
flies were used as dropper flies in top of a lure, used for
seatroutfishing on the beaches and shallow waters around Denmark,
back in the late 1960' and early 70'.
At that moment only one shrimp fly
were used and it was simply known as "the Irish fly" (translated, in
Later the Danes start to travelling around for salmon fishing and
then brought new patterns home, I discovered that there were several
of these patterns and I start to collect them.
My first meetings with Irish books telling about shrimp flies, were
when I had the pleasure to meet E. D. Malone. He told about the
flies, and from him and Frankie McPhillip, I learnt a lot more.
In "Irish trout & salmon flies" by
Malone, you find information about the elder shrimp flies.
I met Peter O'reilly s book "Trout & salmon flies of Ireland" on a
journey to the outer Hebrides. Peter has done a great job by
collecting them. I have taken many patterns from his book, done some
travelling and fishing in Ireland and have collected more patterns.
Many of the English magazines write about these flies and their
development, and a few years ago, a very important book were sent on
the market. Chris Mann & Robert Gillespie made "Shrimp & Spey flies
for salmon". This book is a treasure chest of information and brings
a lot of development and classic shrimp fly tying.
Later on I have had the luck that
other flytyers send me new inventions. This page is the result so
far. My goal is to make the largest collection on the internet of
Shrimp flies used in freshwater for salmon (and seatrout) fishing.
Do you have a pattern as are not among the ones shown below, please
send them and I'll bring them at a moment.
Behind the small pictures I have made
sites containing larger pictures, pattern description and some small
comments on some of the flies.
You will find flies tied on a lot of different hook sizes. The large
Bartlett flies are made for showflies, # 6-8 is often used in
Scandinavia, and the small ones as they are used in Ireland.
In the story of the Irish shrimp fly
there's so many interesting people and flytyers. Some names are
shown in the small stories as belongs to the pattern description,
others are forgotten. I apologize for all the ones as are not
Please note that the site is under
still construction, therefore not all the flies have a pattern
description yet, but it will come by time.