Ververka Mantis Shrimp • Bob Ververka



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.




Leave a Comment