Charlie Has Worms! This is what happens when you leave a San Juan Worm and a Gotcha locked in a fly box together. Well, my Crazy Charlie got mixed up with a Squirmy Wormy. I ordered some sea anemone aquarium decorations to play around with. I like this material as it has some incredible stretch and doesn’t cut too easily with thread. I use 6/0 thread and haven’t had any slice through. The material has a good stretch and is really durable. The hardest part of the fly is getting the tentacle to sit right. Make sure to tie into the bend and have a look at the tail before you commit to it.
So, the pattern came to me not long ago while tying an order of Squirmy Wormy flies for a client. I found the aquarium sea anemone while searching for more worms and thought it would be worth a try. http://amzn.to/2D2EVgI – (Amazon affiliate link) there are a few different colors, orange, pink, purple, green, yellow and blue. This might also be a good start to a bass or carp fly. I’ll have to keep messing around.
Charlie Has Worms Fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad S71SNP-DT #2-8
Thread: Pink Unithread 6/0 (140d)
Eyes: 3.2mm Silver bead chain
Tail: Silicone tentacle
Body: Pearl Flashabou 8-10 strands
Wing: Light pink fox or craft fur
Flash: U.V. pearl ice dubbing
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The Backwater’s Micro Crab is one of those simple crab patterns that I really enjoy tying. I really dislike tying complex patterns when a simple fly will do the job just as well. My time on the vise is at a premium most days, and so if I need to build an arsenal of effective patterns, those with fewer steps involved rise to the top of my list. I would tie this with a straight silver or black painted barbell rather than the painted eyes as you already have a set of UV eyes on the pattern. No need to duplicate it. The silicone legs tied in the rear makes for an easy time of wrapping the polar chenille body. If you don’t have the calf tail, craft fur or fox will work just as well.
Backwater’s Micro Crab Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad C47SD #4
Thread: Danville 210 Denier
Weight: Small lead dumbbell
Eyes: UV eyes (homemade)
Legs: Silicone legs 6-8
Body: Medium polar chenille
Wing: Calf tail
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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
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