kars, the regurgitated shrimp and matching fly photo always gives me a gag reaction.
Handling live shrimp sends one in a different direction with their lures and flies. Most lures and flies are made to look like static shrimp. Shrimp are very much alive.
You learn how shrimp behave with your hand in the bait bucket...
Shrimp evade with their tail, butt-first, and make an audible click when they kick. They click because they move so fast their body fluid is cavitating.
If you want to visualize that motion, repeatedly slap your thumb against your fingers as you move your hand outward.
Then they slowly glide back down into the grass, head first, swimming with their legs.
This Stazo-rig shrimp imitates both actions and the motions quite well. Unfortunately, the guy who bought the trademark from the widow isn't making these jigheads any more - I still have just a few left over from the 80s/90s.
If you think about it, stripping a fly line is an automatic shrimp kick imitation - better than you can do with lures. I fish one go-to fly at the coast with a floating line, which is on the rod for that good Allyn's Lake spec above - it absolutely imitates shrimp action, works well enough for a crab (which have a folded tail they kick, too) and even baitfish - and doesn't look anything at all like a static shrimp.
here's where I got the idea, a traditional Scot pattern for chrome-fresh Atlantic Salmon in the tide
and btw, my surname has its own Scot salmon fly
A really effective shrimp imitation lure you can buy is TTF Shiney Hiney.
On an AP trip a couple of years ago (3 weeks after Harvey), a kayak-fishing newbie I outfitted with this lure caught the most reds of the trip - on both Estes and B&R, he caught them with the lure sitting idle, even trolling while he was paddling. The instruction I gave him was click it, and let it sink all the way before you click it again. At one point he lost the SH shrimp jig, replaced it with a DOA shrimp below the clicking cork, and that caught fish for him, too.
I personally don't like fishing lures this still, would much rather fish the action of a TSL grasswalker, but can't argue with results. Over the shrimp lures, I prefer fishing live shrimp with a popping cork, because you have to keep your live shrimp moving to keep the pinfish from taking bites.
Sorry I don't have a better photo of the lure