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Ververka Mantis Shrimp • Bob Ververka

Posted by Drew Chicone On April 12th



This is the first installment of  Essential Bonefish Patterns • Andros. The complete step-by-step instructions for tying this pattern can be downloaded from


Why did you choose the materials you did and the techniques to apply them Bob?

While tying baitfish flies I noticed the fine underfur on Craft Fur that I was discarding would make a nice tan translucent dubbing for a shrimp pattern. This would be the base color. It had to have eyes, since on real shrimp they are so noticeable. Rubber legs add movement to a fly.  I didn’t want the legs tied on in one clump or tie-in point, I wanted them to move freely from each other, so each of the 6 legs moves separately. The tuft of rabbit fur adds movement or life to the fly. Read the rest of the interview with Bob Ververka.



Hook: #2 Diiachi 2546 or Similar Saltwater Hook

Thread: Tan 3/0 or 210 Denier Flat Waxed Nylon

Tail: Tan Craft-fur

Antenna:  Tan or Pearl Krystal Flash

Eyes: 5/32 Dumbbell or Large Bead chain Essential Bonefish Flies - Andros BOXSHOT Image

Large Black EP Crustacean Eyes

Body: Craft Fur Dubbing

Legs: Sand Loco Legs

Mouth Parts: Tan Rabbit Fur

Adhesive: Clear Cure Goo Hydro


7 must-have pattens for stalking the giant bonefish that lurk around  the island of  Andros.- 96 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Bonefish Flies – Andros, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions.




Essential Bonefish Flies • Andros

Posted by Drew Chicone On April 5th

Essential Bonefish Flies - Andros BOXSHOT Image


Although there are thousands of existing bonefish patterns,  spend any amount of time around dyed-in-the-wool bone fishermen and you will find that that the Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule) definitely holds true.  Only a small assortment of proven patterns earn a spot their fly boxes, no matter where they intend on fishing.  Friends, guides, travel literature and most importantly personal on-the-flats experience have narrowed my list of must-have bonefish flies down to 7 essential patterns… in no particular order.  Ververka’s Mantis Shrimp, Cownes Bonefish Scampi, McVay’s Gotcha, Owen’s 90 Percenter, Chicone’s Tranqu-Hill-izer and Bone Appetit and Ginevri’s Avalon have all proven to be highly productive for Andros Island in the Bahamas.   These flies do a great job of mimicking a prey item and its specific movement. Understanding where the fly was intended to be fished, what factors led the designer to choose the materials he did, and why the pattern has evolved helps to give you the whole picture. Interviews with the fly’s designer will give you a peek into the heads of some of these innovative tiers and should help you to understand how they think and create new patterns as well as gives you a insider’s perspective, valuable insight, and hopefully encouragement to create your own unique patterns.

Over the next few weeks I will give you the basics on the 7 must have pattens for stalking the giant bonefish that lurk around the island of Andros.  As always, you can stay tuned to this blog each week as I share pieces from my eBook, but for the complete 96 page downloadable pdf. of Essential Bonefish Flies – Andros, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99