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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-10-2020, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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The Park Shrimp

This a Scottish pattern created by well known fly tyer Ross Macdonald of Aberdeen in Scotland. Ross is a friend of mine and has created a number of other great flies for Atlantic salmon.

I just did this tying demo of the fly which I hope you find interesting and useful, and stay safe


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Brilliant video
You have excellent tying skills and one can tell that you are very comfortable at the vise. You tie a very fishy tube ... excellent proportions and a very nice profile.
The Park Shrimp is much like a Cascade, with few minor changes. The Cascade is a staple of mine for both steelhead here at home in the GL's and on the right coast of Canada for salar. However I do have a couple Park Shrimps left that I have tied on small #11 salar doubles, which can no longer be used out east, but are still fair game here at home.

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Thanks for posting the video - I have been looking for a shrimp tube pattern and this one looks deadly. I will give it a go and tie some in steelhead colours too.
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Here is my first attempt....would love to hear any suggestions for improvement ... I tied it pretty sparse in this small size
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Brilliant video
You have excellent tying skills and one can tell that you are very comfortable at the vise. You tie a very fishy tube ... excellent proportions and a very nice profile.
The Park Shrimp is much like a Cascade, with few minor changes. The Cascade is a staple of mine for both steelhead here at home in the GL's and on the right coast of Canada for salar. However I do have a couple Park Shrimps left that I have tied on small #11 salar doubles, which can no longer be used out east, but are still fair game here at home.

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cheers Mike, glad you enjoyed it and as you say similar.. but some might say.. better.. than the Cascade . I like both patterns and usually have both in my fly box. And funny you tied them on Salars - I still like those hooks and I know Ross does as well, just lend themselves so well to longtail shrimp patterns like the Park. Interesting M Frodin has starting a 'new hook project', he announced it in Sept 2019 but who knows how it is going now!

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Here is my first attempt....would love to hear any suggestions for improvement ... I tied it pretty sparse in this small size
looks great as it is imho, I like the sparseness and I think you have got the proportions and profile spot on
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cheers Mike, glad you enjoyed it and as you say similar.. but some might say.. better.. than the Cascade .
Well for now in my books, the Cascade trumps the Park Shrimp.



The variation above tied on a 25mm waddington, has accounted for many steehead at home and equally as many fall time salar on the east coast.
I'm sure if I took that Park Shrimp and played around with materials it would be equally successful. Given certain water conditions, the original pattern would be successful as well. I do tie the Cascade on single irons according to the original pattern for tame water and here at home it has proven successful.


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that's a beauty Mike and can see why it works.. and definitely see that working for salar as well!

Love the soft ultra mobile materials and interestingly I see Frodin in a big fan of them and incorporates them into nearly all of his patterns now.. great minds and all that!
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