Learn how to tie the Spawning Mantis Shrimp including step-by-step instructions, a video tutorial, pictures, and much more. Improve your fly tying skills here.
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The Spawning Mantis is a stellar pattern for the Bahamas and particularly South Andros. The orange color in the fly attracts the attention of Bonefish on the flats and fishes well in shallow water. The fly's extra weight helps it drop quickly to land in the feeding zone every cast. This pattern can, of course, be used almost anywhere there are shrimp and is a phenomenal pattern on sandy flats. It's also pretty simple to tie with multiple repeating steps so it's a great pattern for novice saltwater tyers and anglers.
Start by creating a thread base and tying on the Bead Chain Eyes. Make a slight thread bump to pull your bead chain eyes into on the hook then secure them with a figure-8 tying pattern. Advance your thread to the rear.
Use the Fl. Orange Rabbit Fur to tie in the bottom half of the tail. Strip out the longer fibers and tie the Rabbit Fur in so it comes up the shank. Tying the Rabbit Fur up the shank creates a nice body for the fly.
Tie in the Tan Craft Fur on top of the Orange Rabbit Fur. Strip out the short fuzzy fibers and set them aside to use as makeshift dubbing later. Again, wrap the Craft Fur forward along the shank to add to the thickness of the body of the fly.
Start to dub the body. Utilizing the makeshift dubbing you stripped out of the Tan Craft Fur, wrap a butt section to the fly and create a thread base to tie your legs into.
Tie in the first set of legs. The legs should extend just past the Craft Fur. Tie them on one side, pull the legs over to the other side, measure the legs so they're the same size, then tie them on on the second side. Use scissors to snip the excess legs in the middle of the fly.
Repeat Steps 4-5 to tie down the second set of legs.
Repeat Steps 4-5 to tie down the third set of legs.
Continue the dubbing up past the third set of legs. Create a thicker dubbing noodle to continue the taper of the body of the fly and use the dubbing to cover any thread wraps. Continue the taper of the fly right up to the Bead Chain Eyes.
Wrap a thin dubbing noodle through the Bead Chain Eyes in a figure-8 pattern then use the thread to create a hot spot just behind the hook eye. Finally, whip finish and use Superglue to add durability to the head of the fly.
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