Phil's Foam Shrimp
This shrimp pattern utilizes a craft foam body, which helps give it a life-like appearance and gives it a slow sinking attribute. Experiment with different colors of foam, highlighting the body with a contrasting waterproof marker.

Fish this fly as you would any other shrimp pattern, keeping your line tight and letting it drift with the current.

  • Hook: Tiemco 811S or equivalent - Sizes 1/0 to 4
  • Body: Tan craft foam, highlighted with contrasting waterproof marker, coated with 5 minute epoxy and diamond dust glitter
  • Eyes: Heavy monofilament, melted at ends
  • Legs: Brown hackle
  • Feelers: Pearl Crystal Flash and brown bucktail
  • Thread: Clear mono
  1. Bend the hook upward slightly, just behind the eye, to give the body its shape.
  2. Place the hook in the vise, attach the thread behind the eye and wrap to the bend.
  3. Cut a small clump of brown bucktail, long enough to form the feelers. Place it on top of the hook at the bend, tie it in so that it points downward slightly. Half hitch and cement.
  4. Cut a few strands of Pearl Crystal Flash - about the same length as the bucktail - lay it on top of the bucktail and tie it in. Half hitch and cement.
  5. Tie in two medium-length brown hackles at the bend of the hook. Half hitch and cement.
  6. Wrap the thread forward to the eye of the hook.
  7. Palmer the hackle forward around the hook shank and tie off behind the hook eye. Cement.
  8. Cut a piece of craft foam to equal the total length of the hook, trimming it approximately to the shape shown in Fig.1 below.
  9. Lay cut foam on top of the hook with the tail section overlapping the eye of the hook, fold it over evenly, parallel to the hook. Tie in just behind the eye.
  10. Carefully wrap the thread toward the hook bend, applying enough pressure to indent the foam, forming three or four body sections.
  11. Carefully wrap the thread back toward the eye, following the same indentations made previously.
  12. Whip finish and cut thread.
  13. Cut a short length of heavy monofilament (about 3/8 inch).
  14. Poke a bodkin through the head end of the foam, poking through both sides.
  15. Push the monofilament through both holes.
  16. Melt the ends of the monofilament to form the eyes.
  17. Blacken the eyes with either paint or black permanent marker.
  18. Highlight the foam body with a contrasting marker.
  19. Mix epoxy and diamond dust glitter and coat the body, monofilament and whip finished thread area, being careful not to get it on the legs and feelers. Do not coat the tail section, this must remain flexible.
  20. Let the epoxy cure and go fishing.