As with any fly pattern, simple changes in color make the No-Name Shrimp useful for multiple species, different locations and different conditions in general. I tied the original pattern to imitate a shrimp by using basic browns and tans. However, altering the colors to more closely match the hatch is certainly a good idea. Also, in some areas, you might want the fly to stand out so the fish can see it better. In cases like this, throwing in a little chartreuse or bright orange is a good option. In the Mosquito Lagoon, we have more than two dozen species of shrimp, and they all vary in size and color. Tan-, brown-, green- and gray-color shrimp are the most common, but there are plenty of times when certain conditions cause the shrimp to take on interesting colorations. In some cases, I have forgone shrimpy colors altogether. I tie a variation in the exact same manner but with all black materials, and it has proven to be deadly — especially on black drum. An all-chartreuse dressing with a red collar is becoming one of my go-to patterns for seatrout in deep water. I’ve also found that combinations of this pattern in purple and chartreuse work great in the Louisiana marsh on big redfish. Don’t target only redfish and trout with the No-Name Shrimp. I’ve had great luck using the standard version of this fly on tripletail, and I’m anxious to tie a larger version in solid chartreuse and try it on beach-cruising jacks and cobia — I have a feeling they will love it. And you’d better believe that I will be toting along a few No-Name Shrimp on my next Florida Keys bonefish trip.