Dave's Psycho Mantis
The Psycho Mantis was my first attempt to match the profile of a big mantis shrimp we were finding around the coral of the Faraway Keys base camp. Those one's were a whole variety of colors from white to tan and even bright green. It depended on the bottom they were living on. I knew it's what the big permit out there were smashing with their faces as they went tails up around the coral heads.
A few prototypes later and I had something that was delivering serious results for the first few anglers bold enough to throw a bright green peacock mantis imitation to a permit of a lifetime. The fly produced and continues to trick some of the most skeptical permit we encounter. We're excited to share the fly with even more fisheries and lodgesthis season!
The Psycho Mantis uses a custom combination of bright blue eyes, highly animating claws, micro rubber legs, contrasting rubber legs and a multi colored rabbit belly that pulsates and taunts permit and trophy bonefish. Hot orange dumbbells and a weed guard balance the Psycho so that it swims naturally and lands softly.
These are tied in small batches and sell very quickly!