Ally Gowans ties his Ally Shrimp – flytying

Salmon-fishing legend Ally Gowans invented the Ally Shrimp in 1979. It has gone on to be one of the most popular salmon flies in the world, along with another of his creations, the Cascade. In this film, he ties the Ally Shrimp and talks about its history – and how it has affected him.

Here’s what you need:
Partridge ‘Patriot’ No 4. Also consider Daiichi Alec Jackson Spey Fly Hooks.
Red tying silk / micro threads.
Krystal Flash or Ultra Flash.
Orange buck tail.
Flat silver tinsel.
Red floss or Red Salmon Floss.
Squirrel tail.
Orange hackle feathers.
Golden pheasant tippet.

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This item appears in Fishing Britain, episode 35. To watch the whole show go to

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