The idea of the Coyote Shrimp hatched from a problem I was having on the water, one that I am not sure I have totally solved. That could be a product of the old saying, “Well, that’s just permit fishing,” but I am getting closer to an answer. I was throwing heavy permit flies at schools of fish in medium-to deep water with heavy current, and was disappointed with how loud and distracting the fly was when it hit the water. In addition to larger crab patterns displacing lots of water on the surface, those same patterns were not as animated underwater as I wanted them to be, especially when the fly dropped or paused. Enter the Coyote Shrimp. This fly has excellent movement when it is not being stripped by the angler, which is pivotal to getting the interest of a permit on the pause, as opposed to the strip. The amount of material used in this fly went through several drafts, and arguably, is still being toyed with.
While the recipe below is for the permit variation, when tied smaller and lighter the Coyote Shrimp is also an excellent bonefish fly. And since this is more of an impressionistic fly, I invite readers to take their own spin on the fly. All materials for this fly can be purchased at sevenmileflyshop.com, and the coyote fur can be purchased at beastbrushes.com