I was asked how to tie the generic shrimp/krill/amphipod pattern I posted in the sippers-and-small-stuff thread. So here's a quick SBS. Materials: Hook: Umpqua U401 #6 Thread: Danville 3/0 tan Dubbing: UV Ice Dub blended in colors Gray, Shrimp Pink, and Red. Hackle: Krystal Flash in Pink Pearl This fly is super simple and doesn't really need instructions since its just a loosely dubbed body with a few strands of Krystal Flash for the "hackle". Basically a synthetic soft hackle. The main thing is to keep it sparse and scraggly. Start by wrapping thread from eye to just short of the hook point. Blend dubbing colors by pulling in one direction to align fibers (aids the scraggly look). Loosely dub the body forward to just short of the eye, and pick/brush out. Maybe even a touch sparser than this. Next take 3 full strands of Krystal Flash, doubling and cutting in half twice. (EDIT) This yields 2 bunches of 6 fibers of the right length. Enough for 2 flies (6 fibers tied and folded in half = 12 hackle fibers per fly). I tie in the fibers in pairs evenly distributing them to form the "hackle", but I suppose a loop could be used. Fiber tips should flare about 45 degrees and extend at least a shank length beyond the body. Tie off head and seal with cement of choice. Finished fly should look sparse and "breathe-y". Probably more like this one which actually has caught a fish.