The Mantis Shrimp

The Mantis Shrimp

Don't leave for the tropics without this bug in your box...

If I was taking off to ANY Bonefish destination on the planet and could only take one fly in my box, this is it. The Mantis Shrimp tyed in a variety of sizes has caught the Ghost of the Flats from Christmas Island to the Bahamas and all spots in between.

While not as easy to construct as a Christmas Island Special, the Mantis Shrimp sports a very short material list and is not overly complicated to tye. The pattern can be even more simplified if one chooses. I'm fairly sure leaving off the mono eyes and rabbit whiskers won't deter a hungry Bonefish from snapping up this tasty morsel. The secret to it's success is the motion produced by the seductive rubber legs. Without those, this bug is just another bump on the bottom.

 

 

Materials

Hook: Daiichi 2546 Size 2-6
Thread: Tan UTC 140 thread
Tail: Tan Craft Fur

Mouth: Tan Rabbit fur tied over tail
Weight: Bead Chain or small dumbbell eyes 
Eye: Large EP Crab and Shrimp Eyes
Body: Tan Craft Fur chopped into dubbing
Legs: Tan Loco Legs

 

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