So I've been doing a lot of research the last few months but I haven't been able to do any field research yet. Was hoping for some advice from all of you that say sparse shrimp patterns work best for reds.
These flies I've been trying are a combination of several styles. The sockeye lightening, kkk, and the Krystal shrimp.
I called Gamakatsu asked them for their recommendations on hooks and this is what they came up with from what I was looking for. They are tied on a big river bait hook size 4 and 6. They said this is the strongest thickest wire they have in smaller sizes and that lots of people are raving over this new hook. The size 6 meets the gap requirement for the Russian. The 4's are a little too big of gap so would be ideal for the Kenai they also have a 7/32 bar bell eyes to get down better in the swift waters of the Kenai.
Any other hooks that you like for these style patterns? I'm not sure how the turned up eye will preform. I tired a few with a snelled leader on first before tying the fly. Not sure it really matters or not. It was kinda a pain to do this and I was also eating up a lot of Maxima making individual leaders so I only did a few. I'm also a little concerned how short these flies are. The Gamakatsu size 6 are only 3/4" in length and the overall fly is maybe 1.5".
What do you all think about these flies? How can I make them better? Am I on the right track here? Don't think its too technical just want to dial it in before my trip.