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Old 01-19-2012, 10:07 AM
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As I was reading the recent thread on "go to" winter fishing patterns several references were made to mysis shrimp patterns. I fish the South Fork of the Snake River often during the winter just below Palisades Dam and a good mysis pattern is deadly.
So, I was wondering if any of you would be willing to share some recipes and photos of your effective mysis shrimp patterns that you go to in the right situation?

Here is one of mine that seems to work, along with a cool pattern from the late Shane Stalcup:

KG's South Fork Mysis:
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I've had good success with both flies.

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Kelly,I had a look at the pics before readingso I thought these were salt water fliesI really like the second one...what material do you use for the long tail?
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Nice patterns KG. What sizes do you prefer?
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Tied on a really tiny hook, that Stalcup's Mysis would make a really good imitation of a Spiney Water Flea.
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Default Re: Mysis Shrimp

Kelly: Nice looking Mysis Shrimp patterns. That is something I have never tried tying. I've used them before on the Frying Pan and they work great, but I bought mine from Frying Pan Anglers in Basalt, CO. Guess I should learn how to tie some up.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:52 AM
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Thanks, all. The Stalcup model is tied similar to his damsel nymphs with hollow tubing that has been prepped by squeezing it between the jaws of serrated forceps and then heating the forceps with a lighter or some such. The white tail material is inserted into the tube and affixed with cement.

I prefer to tie these on size 16 to 18 scud or emerger hook. The bug size is large for mysis, but the fish seem to like them a lot. Winter below Palisades with an egg pattern trailed by a mysis shrimp is a deadly combination. Oh, yes, I fish them under an indicator...

I know there are many on here from other areas where mysis are effective, especially some of those Colorado tailwaters where the fish grow enormous by feeding on mysis. I'd like to see some of your patterns that work for you.

Here are a few fish we've caught over the years:
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I like that second fly very much!
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Excellent ties Kelly! Your photos are always amazing! What do you shoot with?
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Default Re: Mysis Shrimp

I'm currently using a Pentax Optio in the WS80 and W90 models. Both are waterproof, freeze-proof, dust-proof, etc., but they do a really great job and I have no fear of dropping them in the drink and ruining them.

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Default Re: Mysis Shrimp

Stalcup's in a size 18 or 20 is deadly on the Blue. Only when flows are increased though...when flows are low and stable a "deader" mysis like Craven's is the ticket.

Most mysis are pretty small, with the biggest coming out of Taylor, then the Pan, and the smallest at the Blue.

I love the color on mysis fed fish!!!
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