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Episode 12 – Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp Saltwater Fly

Episode 12 – The infamous Bob Veverka came up with the design of his Mantis Shrimp saltwater fly pattern in response to recognizing missing elements that weren’t filled by standard bonefish patterns that were on the market. With educated bonefish becoming ever increasingly picky having had seen quite a number of the standard flies, Bob set to work on a better bonefish fly.

The fly design uses a series of separated legs so that they can each be moved independently rather than clumped into one section. The rabbit fur carapace also gives the fly a lot of natural looking movement and can be tied in a contrasting color than the tail, or tied to mimic an egg sac.

There have been some who have issues with the fly riding point down when tied with bead chain eyes. This seems to remedy itself when heavier brass or lead eyes are used. That being said, it is a highly effective saltwater fly and one I consider essential to any angler’s saltwater fly box.

DIY laser Dub – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paQSyTxRyTI

Veverka Mantis Shrimp Saltwater Fly Recipe

Hook: Saltwater #2-6
Thread: Tan 6/0
Eyes: 3.2mm black bead chain
Tail: Tan fox or craft fur
Mouth: Ginger or tan rabbit
Legs: Silicone orange and brown
Body: Tan Laser Dub

Hope to see you on the channel.

Episode 1 Piscator Flies Fly Tying Series

Episode 1 – Woolly Bugger is now live on our Youtube channel. You can visit our updated page at youtube.com/c/PiscatorFlies. While you are there, we would really appreciate you subscribing for new updates.

We do not have a set upload schedule as of yet, but the more tyers we have watching, the more motivated we will be to post a few patterns. We would love to have your suggestions on patterns or types of flies that you would like to see on the channel. In addition to the specific patterns, we will also be sharing a few of our favourite fly tying tips and bench hacks to make tying life a little simpler.

Hope to see you on the channel.

Win a set of 12 Alaskabou Flies

It’s hard to believe that another year is under our belts. We’ve been whipping out hundreds and hundreds of flies this past year and wanted to get a little more engaged with the anglers and fly tyers who visit the site. We will be hosting give-aways all year of some of the flies we tie and some of the fly tying materials we stock.

The first contest is underway, and you have 4 ways to enter. The prize is a set of Alaskabou streamers tied on Tiemco 7999 hooks, and you will have a choice of size 2, 1/0 or 2/0 hooks. I’m using the Gleam platform to host the contest, and a winner will be drawn and contacted on Feb 1, 2017. https://gleam.io/o0JMY/piscator-flies-alaskabou-giveaway

Alaskabou Group of 24
Alaskabou Group of 24

Consider signing up for the newsletter to keep uptown date on new contests and for news of new flies. Good luck in the draw.

– Darren

Marabou – 25 colors now available in the Ebay Store

We’ve added a selection of 25 colors of marabou to our Ebay store.

Colours include White, Green, Yellow, Orange Red, Burnt Orange, Golden Olive (Light Olive), Olive Dun, Olive, Dark Olive, Black, Grey Dun, Hot Pink, Silver Doctor Blue, Dark Blue, Chartreuse, Purple, Claret, Brown, Fl, Yellow, Tan, Shrimp Pink, Light Pink, Hot Purple and Fl. Fire Orange. Each pack has a little over a 1/4 oz and around 50 feathers, give or take, for tying a variety of fly patterns.

25 colors of Superfly Marabou
25 colors of Superfly Marabou

Each package of Superfly marabou contains an assortment of feathers suitable for a variety of applications. The feathers can be used for tying jigs, Spey collars, palmered bodies, tails, wings and dubbed bodies. Happy tying.

Flesh Flies in the Shop

Flesh Fly 12 Fly Assortment
Flesh Fly 12 Fly Assortment

I’ve been working on producing an assortment of Flesh Flies and am happy to announce that I can now offer it through the store. I’ve been tying these incredibly effective flies for clients for the past decade in a variety of colors. The flies are weighted (can be unweighted on request) and are tied with Hareline and Superfly rabbit zonkers. The hairs of the fly impart a ton of motion in the water so that you could even use the flies as a stripping streamer for aggressive fish.

Individual colors will also be available.

Salmon Pink & Orange Flesh Fly
Salmon Pink & Orange Flesh Fly
Shrimpy Pink Flesh Fly
Shrimpy Pink Flesh Fly
Peachy Pink Flesh Fly
Peachy Pink Flesh Fly
Peachy Orange Flesh Fly
Peachy Orange Flesh Fly
Peach Flesh Fly
Peach Flesh Fly
Fleshy Pink Flesh Fly
Fleshy Pink Flesh Fly
Cotton Candy Flesh Fly
Cotton Candy Flesh Fly
Creamy Pink Flesh Fly
Creamy Pink Flesh Fly
Flesh Pink Flesh Fly
Flesh Pink Flesh Fly
Light Pink Flesh Fly
Light Pink Flesh Fly
Ginger Flesh Fly
Ginger Flesh Fly

Free Digital Copy of Streamers 365

We now have Streamers volume 1 available for free download. You can find it here. Just add it to your cart and it will be available for download when you check out.

Streamers 365 Volume 1
Streamers 365 Volume 1

Streamers 365 Volume 1 includes 122 streamer fly pattern recipes complete with background information about each pattern. The complete project seen over 365 streamer flies profiled and included over 50 fly tyers from around the globe. Volume 2 and Volume 3 available through the Blurb.com print on demand service.

Hoh Bo Spey now in the Shop

We have added a few of our Hoh Bo Spey designs to the flyshop and have several assortments available in the Ebay store as well. We tie our Hoh Bo Speys on heavy wire 40mm shanks, so they get down to the strike zone quickly on the swing. The darker colours are great for fishing year round while the brighter colours can be more effective during the winter months. On sale now for $2.99 each.

Hoh Bo Spey - Orange and Yellow
Hoh Bo Spey – Orange and Yellow
Hoh Bo Spey - Orange and Hot Pink
Hoh Bo Spey – Orange and Hot Pink
Hoh Bo Spey - Orange and Silver Dr. Blue
Hoh Bo Spey – Orange and Silver Dr. Blue
Hoh Bo Spey - Black and Purple
Hoh Bo Spey – Black and Purple
Hoh Bo Spey - Black and Orange
Hoh Bo Spey – Black and Orange
Hoh Bo Spey - Black and Chartreuse
Hoh Bo Spey – Black and Chartreuse

Estaz Eggs now available in the Ebay Shop

I’ve been spending some time down by the rivers watching the salmon come up to spawn and tying tons of egg patterns to offer them. I’ve decided to offer up a few selections of Estaz Eggs in the Ebay shop. I’ll have a wider selection of sizes and colours coming in the next few weeks, but to start off we have a 5 colour selection of eggs for just 24.95 including shipping to destinations in Canada and the United States. Click the the link or the picture to check out the Estaz Eggs on Ebay.

Estaz Eggs flies for Steelhead and Salmon
Estaz Eggs flies for Steelhead and Salmon

For inquiries and quotes on custom patterns email piscatorflies@gmail.com.

Alaskabou Assortments Back in the Ebay Store

Piscator Flies Ebay Store

Alaskabou Group of 24
Alaskabou Group of 24

The Piscator Flies Ebay Store is slowly getting back up to speed and I’ve put up the assortments of Alaskabou flies once again. I’ll be adding additional patterns over the coming months including Hoh Bo Spey, flesh flies, marabou’s and other Steelhead specialties.

Keep an eye out for our RIO Products clearance coming up as well. We have a variety of lines, backing, tippet and leaders starting from just $2.00. It’s not expected to last long, so get it while you can.

If you are looking for other fly patterns, email us at piscatorflies@gmail.com with your pattern specifics. We tie lots of custom patterns starting from just $1.00. Cost will depend on the materials and complexity of the pattern.

All the best in 2014.

Streamers on Auction from the shop

I offer custom orders of patterns listed below as well and most Carrie Stevens, Bert Quimby, Lew Oatman, Herbie Welch and many others. Please contact piscatorflies[at]gmail[dot]com for inquiries. Flies can be tied on Partridge, Gaelic Supreme, Mustad (several models available 3907 A/B, R79, etc), Sealey & Sons and Allcock (limited availability).

Gray Ghost Streamer tied by Darren MacEachern

Gray Ghost
Gray Ghost

Big Ben Streamer tied by Darren MacEachern

Big Ben
Big Ben

I’ve also been wanting to start tying a few of the late David Mac’s patterns. I’m finding that I don’t have materials for most of his patterns as he used a number of exotic feathers in many of his creations. I did have a close enough inventory to attempt his Purple Kate.

Purple Kate Streamer tied by Darren MacEachern

Purple Kate
Purple Kate