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Bob Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp is a fly that you should definitely have with you anywhere in the Caribbean and in the Florida Keys. Inspiration for the pattern came from the moving appendages of a mantis shrimp when Mr. Veverka saw one on a wildlife TV program. The bug he came up with delivers that movement which has proven itself seductive to bonefish time and time again.
A pattern that can be scaled up and down in size and weight like this one is a characteristic of a hall of fame bonefish fly. So cover any water depth and situation by tying the Mantis Shrimp in size #6 with small bead chain eyes up to #2 with large bead chain eyes and small lead eyes. The #2 with large bead chain eyes tied in the video above is the most often used size in the Florida Keys. #4 with medium bead chain eyes (size in the tying kit) is the most popular size for the Bahamas.
#2 Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp