This is a reverse-engineered version of The Usual, one of the best Cayman bonefish flies (which is actually an evolution of Vaverka’s Mantis Shrimp). I tied the Simple Shrimp to be a little heavier and display a more “defensive” posture when sitting, by simply splaying the silicone legs. They have great action when stripped and trigger strikes when left to sit. The palmered collar is an old FL Keys guide trick, and helps the fly land softer for spooky, tailing bonefish. Again, fish with short twitches—no long strips!—and keep the slack out… the bite is coming.
Learn how to tie the Simple Shrimp.