I first fished this variation of Bob Veverka’s Mantis Shrimp on Ambergris Caye, Belize during the winter of 2016. Fish were tailing in front of me, some good sized ones travelling in pairs or small schools, but results were limited with the Crazy Charlie I had on my line.
The sun was going down, which is sometimes unnerving in Crocodile territory. With about 10 minutes left, I tied on a #4 Mantis Shrimp I had tied with a small tuft of orange rabbit for the tail. This fly proceeded to hook a multitude of nice bonefish before we ran out of light. From that moment I fished it the rest of the trip with high confidence, and inarguable results.