Jack Samson addressed this by creating a mantis shrimp fly that towards the end of his fly fihsing career (a decade he devoted almost entirely to permit) he fished almost exclusively. He also wrote that the development of the mantis shrimp fly will see a complete change in Permit fly fishing- as Permit will chase a Mantis Shrimp and therefor dont get the chance to inspect it like a crab (fly), which results in more positive, aggressive takes.
|Jack Samson Mantis Shrimp|
Jacks dreams were never realized. The crab flies still dominate. Except for maybe the Avalon.. and who knows what the hell fish think those are.
|The Avalon Fly - I still dont get it.|
Without disrespect- Jacks mantis shrimp was pretty ugly and badly tied but did still account for the lions share of his later life fish. It also swam the wrong way round.
Either way, I plan on spending the twilight years of my life doing exactly what Jack did.... wading and being poled around paradise casting at tailing Permit and listening to my classic Charlton reel sing. But with a better Mantis Shrimp on the end of my fly line.
This video shows is absolutely incredible for a fly tyer. Its the first time ive seen a prey items behaviour with its life in serious danger. And it shows exactly how wrong we get it. The mantis swims forward almost all the time.
|wrong way round|
|wronf way round again.|
another cool Mantis video.