This fly is an original creation of longtime Alaskan Bennie Leonard,
(shown on the right). Developed to imitate a shrimp profile with lots
of sparkle the Leonard Shrimp was first used just for salmon.
However, over the years a wide variety of game fish became victims
to Bennie's creation. The Leonard Shrimp is now tied and fished in
sizes that range from #4/0 to #10" for grayling and lakers.
Hook: UTE Salmon - #1/0 - #4 - #10 (we
are using a #1/0 for this demonstration) and
#3/0 or #4/0 Gamakatsu Octopus for saltwater.
Thread: Danville Plus, Fluorescent Orange.
Lead: .030 for #1/0 - .025 for #4 - .020 for #10.
Body: Cactus Chenille, two colors twisted (Ice Chenille for #10 hook).
Foot: Golden Pheasant Tippet.
Carapace: 1st layer - KaleidowrapTM Prismatic Foil, Purple/Silver
2nd layer - Krystal Flash (two colors)
3rd layer - Edgebrite, Green or Fluorescent Green (Chartreuse)
Note: Bennie uses widths of 1/2" for #1/0;
Note: Substitutions: Prismatic Reflections (Premium Polywrap - Christmas
wrap) made by Filcas [this is the stuff that FAOL's own slicfoot found!!) and
Glitterwrap, made by Glitterwrap Inc of Rockaway, NJ. Bennie prefers the
"silver" colored paper over the other colors (if you
can't get the purple on one side & silver/prismatic on the other).
Rib: Tying thread (4 segments for #1/0 or #4
- 3 segments on a #10).
Head: Built-up tying thread.