Put your ear close enough to a Veverka Shrimp and you can almost hear it whisper, “Fish me.” While at first glance it might look like a run-of-the-mill bonefish pattern, the devil is very much in its wiggly details. This fly does an excellent job of imitating not just the look of a shrimp, but its passive action as well. Long Krystal Flash antennae, a rabbit fur carapace, a Kraft Fur head and a half-dozen rubber legs means the Veverka Shrimp is working just as hard at seducing bonefish between strips as it is when you give it a twitch. Maybe even harder.
On a recent trip to Long Island, Bahamas, I fished Veverka Shrimp variants exclusively, for no other reason than that the bonefish would not stop eating them. I even caught a 5-pound bone by accident. I was oozing across a flat watching for cruising fish, not realizing my fly was dragging in the water several feet behind me. When I paused to take a sip of my Kalik, my reel started screaming like a hive of hornets and my fly line was off to the races. The take-away? No sipping beer or munching canapes while a Veverka Shrimp is in the water.
As with any shrimp pattern, tie these in different sizes and colors to match the naturals in your fishery, and tie each iteration in a few different weights for different conditions. This particular version is great for the wading angler working a calm shallow flat: it features a very lightweight Gamakatsu B10S for a soft landing and ultra-subtle Chicone Stealth Bead Chain Eyes.
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S, size 4
Thread: Tan Uni 6/0
Weight: Chicone’s Stealth Bead Chain Eyes, Size Large
Tail 1: Tan Kraft Fur
Tail 2: Pearl Krystal Flash
Eyes: 20 lb burnt mono
Wing: Tan Rabbit fur
Dubbing: Tan Kraft Fur
Legs: Clear flecked silicone legs
Step 1: Tie in a set of bead chain eyes just back from the hook eye. Work your thread down to the hook shank in touching wraps to establish a thread base. I recommend hitting the eyes with some super glue at this point, to keep them in place through multiple fish.
Step 2: Tie in a clump of Kraft Fur about two hook shanks in length.
Step 3: Tie in two strands of Krystal Flash, one on either side of the Kraft Fur. Trim so the Flash is just slightly longer than the Kraft Fur.
Step 4: Cut two inch-long segments of 20lb mono. Burn one end of each segment with a lighter and touch up the rounded eye with a marker. Before tying in each eye, use a pair of pliers to flatten the mono; this will create a more secure tie-in point.
Step 5: Tie in a set of rubber legs, with one leg on either side of the hook shank.
Step 6: Flip the fly and tie in a tuft of rabbit fur. Take your time with this step since the B10S has a very sharp point.
Step 7: Prepare the dubbing by cutting up some Kraft Fur into roughly half-inch segments. Wrap the dubbing around the thread and work the dubbed thread forward up the hook shank. Tie in another set of rubber legs. Dub in figure-8 fashion back around the rubber legs to give them a little support and to enchance the profile of the fly. Then dub forward to the next rubber leg tie-in point.
Step 8: Tie in another set of legs, dubbing around them once again in a figure-8. Then dub forward to the hook eye, taking time to figure-8 around the bead chain eyes.
Step 9: Whip finish, trim rubber legs, and comb out dubbing with a hard-bristled toothbrush.