Mantis shrimp

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

  1. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    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 Beech Nut

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    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 Mad Flyentist

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    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 Active Member

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

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    Sweet tie!

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  6. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    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 Member

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    Wow. Nice job.
  8. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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

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    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 Member

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    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 Active Member

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    I could see a big cutthroat eating that right up
  12. porterHause Just call me Jon

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    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 Active Member

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    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 Mad Flyentist

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

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    That is stunning!
  16. sopflyfisher Active Member

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    Where the fish are located
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    really cool tie.