Borksi’s Fur Shrimp
Written by Gil Stacy Hits: 889 1
Originally tied for bonefish, this is a favorite fly for
wintertime seatrout (weakfish) and redfish on the Georgia coast.
I don’t know if Tim Borski, a Keys artist and innovative tier, pioneered the technique of barring
wings with a permanent marker, but his deadly and popular flies feature the technique.
I don’t presume to tie it as well or adhere exactly to Tim’s original design.
Standard saltwater hook, size #2 or #4. I’m using the Dai Riki 930ss.
Bead chain or lead eyes.
Tan or blonde craft fur.
Pearlescent Krystal Flash.
Tan, brown, white or chartreuse thread.
Cree or dyed grizzly hackle.
Olive or black permanent marker.
Place hook in vise in the normal position. Tie in bead chain eyes on bottom of shank, just back of the
eye. This fly is designed to ride with point down.
Wind thread to the rear. Prepare craft fur by holding the fur by the tips and stroking out shorter
pieces. Tie in several clumps of prepared craft fur, just ahead of hook bend.
It’s best to extend the tie down end of the craft fur to the bead chain eyes so that a body of uniform thickness is created.
On top of shank at rear of hook, tie in 5-6 strands of Krystal flash, 6" long, by binding in the middle of
the Krystal Flash and folding backwards and winding thread over the fold. This creates 10-12
strands, 3" long.
Tie in long, webby hackle at bend of hook, palmer forward. Tie off at bead
chain. Finish head.
With scissors, trim sides and top of shank flush. The hackle will occupy the bottom of the shank.
If hackle fibers are not of even length, do not trim even with scissors. Instead, pinch off with your
finger tips the longer fibers to the same length as the shorter. This offers a more natural look than a
scissored, barbered look.
Hold craft fur tightly together. Hold flat against a disposable paper
Create vertical bars with marker. Try to keep the craft fur together
in a slim bundle while marking. Application on one side is