The Irish Shrimp and Welsh Bug style is not new but the fact they are still used with confidence is proof of their efficiency. Don’t be put off by their simple look because the cock hackles pulse in any current and the long golden pheasant fibres in the tail create a great profile in the water. There are many patterns but those special to me include: the Curry’s Red Shrimp (with it I once had three fish in an hour on the Upper Oykel during a slow start to the week); the Bann Shrimp (a subdued pattern that works well when bright flies have been ignored); the Black-and-silver Shrimp (for when there are fresh fish around); and the Wilkinson Shrimp (again, great for fresh fish). If I’ve missed your favourite, I'm sorry, but there are dozens and they all work if fished with confidence. I think they fish best when “tipped” through the swing: bounce the rod tip up and down to move the fly.