Nothing new and I know I've posted it before but anyway!
I first tied this fly in the late 1990's or very early 2000's. I tied it as an Irish version of the Kylie shrimp that was very popular in Trout & Salmon and other fishing magazines at the time.
I was looking through some of my old fishing diaries that I used to keep and this one did really well for me in the 2001 and 2002 seasons. I remember it being part of a deadly combination with this on the point and a Purple Winged Editor on the dropper.
This was also the first fly that caught me a salmon in dirty water. And I mean worm only dirty water.
I went to the tail of a pool one morning in a flood with the bait rod and fly rods with me hoping the river would clear. I fished with worm as the river was the colour of milky tea. After a couple of hours I gave up and was gathering up to head home and I wondered if it was possible to fish fly from the bank at this place. I gave a couple of ropey roll casts and the fly was just about reaching the middle of the river and no more when the line tightened and I had a fish on. I was completely shocked.
This pattern has done me well over the years since.
The only difference between this one and the ones I tied back then is that I've used oval copper for the rear body and not flat copper ribbed with silver as I would have back then.