Duncan Egan’s Flamethrower has stood the test of time. It has no tail like other Shrimp patterns, instead a long wing occupies the middle of the shank and is tied over quite a large body hackle. As a result, the fly tends to push more water and work slightly differently to other Shrimp patterns. Flamethrowers tend to “wave” more than wiggle in a current and I prefer to fish them in fast rather than slow water. The look of the fly (and its hooking potential) is improved if it’s tied on a hook with a slightly curved shank. Originally yellow, orange and red, its outstanding feature is a lovely Mirage tinsel head that glows in the water. A number of variations have become famous, including the Kinermony Killer, Black Bear and Junction Flamethrower.