Tying Video – Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp

Shorter note today about the tying video of Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp.  Short for two reasons; one I am trying to finish up another article on Dressed Irons that is more interesting and two, other than a great fly there is not much more to say about this pattern.  Except, if you are headed anywhere where you might be casting to some Bonefish you better make certain you have some of these flies with you!  That is not an exaggeration either,.  Sure there are a lot of great Bonefish flies out there and you will catch fish on them (I know, I have) but when things get a little unpredictable this Mantis Shrimp pattern really works well.  Numerous times I have been in a situation where the fish were spooky, or the water was churned up or they just seemed to be in some sort of “funk” and your usual Gotcha’s and Crazy Charlies were just not getting a head turn.  Tie one of these on and cast it out and you will be amazed at the reaction in the fish.  I have had them come charging at my fly from 15 feet away!

As far as tying the fly, it is pretty straight forward as a shrimp pattern.  If you are new to fly tying, it is a great fly to practice your direct dubbing technique.  Also, the Mono eyes on this fly are the same type of eyes used on many crab patterns and Crayfish patterns (can you say Near ‘Nuff Crayfish).  It is not a difficult fly to tie and you can add some markings if you want to give it a little more contrast in the water.  I did not tie in a weedguard on this fly, I generally do not as I have not often found a need for them.  Not that there are not conditions where they come in handy, I just have not been fishing in areas where they were needed.  I do mention in the video to leave some room behind the eye of the hook and in front of the bead chain eyes for a weedguard if you need to put one in.  I am working on some flies for later in the year that will have a weedguard on them and I will show a couple of different ways to do weedguards.

Hook:Mustad S71S (34007) or Tiemco 811s, #2 – #6
Thread:Wapsi UTC Ultra Thread 140 Denier, Tan
Tail:Extra Select Craft Fur, Tan
Eyes:Painted Mono Eyes
Mouth:Tan Rabbit Fur
Legs:Sili Legs, Pumpkin
Body:Craft Fur Dubbing, Tan
Eyes:Silver Bead Chain, Medium

Next week is the final Redfish pattern and then onto the panfish flies.  The Jig nymph class scheduled for the 21st of March has been postponed to the 11th of April.  Please make a note of this and I will be sending out a notice in a newsletter as well.  You can check out all of the classes I have on the calendar here.  Check back soon.

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If you would rather purchase some Veverka Mantis Shrimp flies there are a few here at Dressed Irons for sale (while supplies last).

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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