“HD Photo” Fly Tying Tutorial: Backwater’s Mantis Shrimp Fly

Finally taking the veil off our Mantis Shrimp fly and showing everyone how it is done. 

This pattern takes numerous steps, but each one is fairly simple. I am tying this one fairly large since it is going in my personal box down here in Costa Rica, but I have tied them on #4 and #6’s as well. Materials needed for this fly are listed as follows:

  • Hook: 1/0 Daiichi 2546
  • Thread: Danville 210 Flat Wax Nylon, Fl. Orange
  • Lead Eyes of your choice
  • Orange Rubber Legs
  • Orange yarn or medium Cactus Chenille
  • Medium Rootbeer Cactus Chenille
  • Sand Colored Pseudo Hair.
  • Loon Hard Head Cement

mantis shrimp fly


mantis shrimp fly


mantis shrimp fly


mantis shrimp fly


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Capt. Jesse Males

Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of backwaterflyfishing.com as well as our online fly shop, backwaterflies.com. The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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