Cahill’s Glass Shrimp

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It's like you're looking right through me. Photo by Louis Cahill

It’s like you’re looking right through me. Photo by Louis Cahill

A few years back, on a trip to Andros South in the Bahamas, I had a day when I was just tagging along with some friends shooting photos. Not having a rod in my hand and fishing being a little slow I found myself reverting to my childhood, chasing little crabs and shrimp around in the shallow water of the flats. I caught a little glass shrimp and was amazed at what a delicate little creature it was.

ghost_shrimp_careThe body of the glass shrimp is transparent, as the name implies. You can see his little organs working inside. He looks tender and tasty. What really struck me about it was, I had nothing in my box that looked like it. In fact, I’d never seen a fly that looked like it. When I got home I started working on a reasonable representation. This fly was the result.

It has worked extremely well for me, on Bahamas bonefish, ever since. The Glass Shrimp is especially effective on days when bonefish are spooky. If fish are spooking at my presentation or following the fly but not eating, this pattern usually turns things around. That’s not to say that fish don’t eat this fly every day. They do.

I’m convinced that these littles shrimp are tender and tasty and that’s why bonefish love them. They seem to frequent really skinny water and that makes this fly perfect for tailing fish in the shallows. I tie it with very little weight for that reason as well as to give a softer presentation.

Give this fly a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Watch the video and learn to tie The Glass Shrimp.

Louis Cahill
Gink & Gasoline
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10 thoughts on “Cahill’s Glass Shrimp

  1. Dang, I like Sugarfoot and the glass shrimp! Gonna try both on Stripers, cause I think that thEy would work great. Sugarfoot when the key is calico shrimp and glass shrimp at dark or full moon in spring.


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