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Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp Saltwater Fly tied by Hans Stephenson

The Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp is one of my favourite patterns for bonefish. The fly can be a little light when using bead chain, so using brass or lead weight up front may be required in order to have the fly turn over properly. The mono eyes can be purchased premade, but if you have some extra monofilament around, just melt the ends to form a ball and Bob’s your uncle. For my eyes, I like to take it a step further and add a coat or two of nail lacquer and a clear top coat of hard as nails. It’s best to get these done well in advance if you plan on coating them so that they have time to cure. I usually prepare a few hundred in advance. I use eyes in black, red, green and pinks.

For the dubbing on the fly, buggy is preferred. I like using a synthetic, or a blend and add a little bit of UV pearl in the mix. Keep the dubbing buggy so the fly has lots of movement. With the long silicone legs on the pattern, the fly gets a lot of attention. You can use the pattern to imitate crayfish as well, just switch up the colors and you are good to go. I tie my Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp is a few variations, tan, gold, white and shrimp pink. Play around with some variations and try them out on the flats.

Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Saltwater Size 2-8
Thread: Tan 6/0
Weight: 2.4mm or 3.2mm bead chain eye or brass dumbbell
Tail: Tan Craft fur
Antenee: 2 stands pearl Krystal Flash
Eyes: 20lb mono melted to form eyes
Mouth: Tan rabbit fur
Legs: Silicone or rubber legs
Dubbing: Tan craft fur dubbing or antron

Be sure to check out this and other videos on Hans Stephenson Youtube page and check out The Dakota Fly Angler at flyfishsd.com.


Collector Flies on Ebay

You’ll need to act quick on these as they are ending soon.

One of my favorite sellers famoustyers1942 has a nice selection of vintage hooks, books and flies up for auction right now. Included in the selection are flies by the Dettes, Fulsher, Rosborough, Cross, Veverka, Troth and many more. There is also a nice collection of Allcock hooks up for bid. Check out all the selections from famoustyers1942.

Fulsher – Rainbow Trout Thundercreek

Fulsher Rainbow Trout

Stan Bogdan “Steelhead #50” Reel

Stan Bogdan Steelhead 50 Reel

Al Troth’s “Montana” Collection

al troth collection

A rare copy of the Carrie Stevens Memorial brochure. I would love to have this in my collection.

Carrie Stevens Brochure


swede16 is another one of my favorite sellers and always has some great collectible flies. Keep him on your book marked list to have a chance at some great streamers and eastern flies.

Wendell Folkins Blue Charm

Wendell Folkins Blue Charm


Ebay Finds

Just a quite note about a few auctions that you may be interested in. The user famoustyers1942 has caught my eye a few times in the past and so I have been keeping watch, hoping for a few flies to come up for auction that I want to add to my collection. His collectible flies on ebay include ties from Harry Darbee, Dick Talleur, Al Troth, Bob Veverka, Lefty and many more. Below are a few of the key auctions. The end soon, so be sure to act quickly. Happy Bidding, auctions start ending on June 10th.

Winter's Hope - Bill McMillan
Winter's Hope - Bill McMillan

Blue Smelt - Bob Veverka
Blue Smelt - Bob Veverka

DeFeo's Gold Salmon Nymph - Keith Fulsher
DeFeo's Gold Salmon Nymph - Keith Fulsher