Mantis shrimp

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Pat Lat, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

    Figured I would post a new thread for this one in case you weren't paying attention to this months fly salon, I did a few shrimp patterns and a friend suggested I tie one of these. What a fun tie this turned out to be. I was thinking about what to use for the eyes and claws all day and had to do a bit of experimenting when I got home, but the end result turned out pretty cool.

    Enjoy
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  2. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

    Again! Stunning Pat.

    Q - CCG to strengthen the claws? I noted this on your Crayfish pattern. Does this hold up well or need to be repaired often?
     
  3. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

    Thanks glad you like it.
    Thats actually just 5 minute epoxy, I use it on hopper legs and They seem to hold up pretty well, better than the bucktail anyways. But my crawdad claws dont have it they just have nail polish on the tips.
     
  4. PatrickH

    PatrickH Active Member

    Looks pretty cool, but it has 2 sets of eyes? ;)
     
  5. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

    Sweet tie!

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  6. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

    2nd attempt. and no It wont get fished. Essentially its just a fly box decoration. Took a couple hours to finish but it was worth it.
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  7. Speyrod GB

    Speyrod GB Member

    Wow. Nice job.
     
  8. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

    dude. . . your too good at tying!
     
  9. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

    Thanks guys, just trying to keep my hands from being idle. Video games are lame, what's cool is tying flies.:)
     
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  10. YAMMY

    YAMMY Member

    Wow I have caught a lot of mantis Shrimp and ate them both in Christmas Island and in the Cook Islands-the pattern looks great although they are no where as colorfull-your's looks more appetizing.The ones we eat are about 8-12 inches long-MM MM good
     
  11. Joe Goodfellow

    Joe Goodfellow Active Member

    I could see a big cutthroat eating that right up
     
  12. porterHause

    porterHause Just call me Jon

    Well if I had asked for the boring grey mantis shrimp that wouldn't have been much of a challenge... :)

     
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  13. Irafly

    Irafly Active Member

    So, your new profession is what Pat? I guess artist fly tier doesn't pay much until after you die, so maybe not.
     
  14. Pat Lat

    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

    Don't you know, I'm a proffessional amateur
     
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  15. Ryan Higgins

    Ryan Higgins Active Member

    That is stunning!