Mantis Shrimp – Best Fly Fishing Flies

The Mantis Shrimp fly is a generic pattern tied in many different sizes, many different colours and many different forms. In short, it is a saltwater fly that imitates prawns or shrimp, depending on how you fish it. You could drift this fly over the prawn banks for Grunter, or you could strip this fly close to drop offs for Springer and Stumpnose, it is a very diverse fly that can be used almost anywhere, to catch almost any saltwater fish species.


Type Of Fly?

  • Imitation
  • Wet Fly
  • Nymph

When To Use?

  • All Year

Where To Use?

  • Estuaries
  • Surf
  • Gullies

Colour Variations?

  • White
  • Pink
  • Black
  • Brown

The Mantis Shrimp is most effective when tied as a smaller pattern and used in estuaries by letting it drift over drop offs, sand banks and other structure. At Fish The Fly, we use this fly by casting it from a paddle ski in open and closed estuaries and just letting it drift, similar to drifting a nymph in a float tube for Trout, and the fish cannot leave it alone!

Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly?

  • Mullet
  • Moonies
  • Stumpnose
  • Springer
  • Kob
  • Grunter
  • Pompano
  • Wave Garrick
  • Thornfish
  • Steenbras
  • Puffer Fish
  • Klipfish
  • Bonefish
  • Bartail Flathead
  • Karanteen
  • Blacktail
  • River Bream
  • Snapper
  • Pinky
  • Pursemouth
  • Rockcod
  • Zebra
  • Wrasse
  • Bronze Bream
  • Stonebream

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