It was December 2011, and I was about to have my mind blown by the aquarium that was Farquhar.  The sheer abundance of Bonefish was something I could never be prepared for.  I’d only caught tiny bones in deep water before, and flats fishing for them was something I’d dreamed about for well over a decade at that point.

Although it seemed like these bones would eat anything that even resembled a crustacean presented at their depth (we even played the “can you strip through the shoal without a take” game), there was one particular fly that couldn’t even touch the sand without being eaten.  And I didnt have any.  Jean and Francois Malherbe did.  It was a Petersons Spawning Shrimp.  I’d brought along some flies of similar design, but the original was the recipe that worked best.   I returned home knowing that I’d never set foot in a bonefish fishery without them again.

In those days there were a few decent SBS’s around on various forums, which all seem to have vanished.  Here it is again:

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Tie in arctic fox or bunny tail (orange)

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

I first flatten the mono on the end of the eyes to keep down the side of the thread bump

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

I use two kinds of crystal flash, which is not necessary but I like the less elastic kind (on left) for the two strands out back

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Tie in two strands of crystal flash

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Colour it black (of course if you can find black crystal flash just use that – I couldnt)

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Tie some zonker fur next

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Tan silicon legs. I usually leave them together when tying in and separate after.

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Tie in two or three strands of crystal flash used to wrap the body (I will coat the thread portion accepting the flash with gel super glue)

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

You can coat this section with UV if you like, im concerned with its scent so I usually dont.

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Dumbells. I used light brass ones here – these are for skinny water Christmas Island fish.

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

I divert slightly here. I believe the original pattern did not use a strip, and used clumps instead. I prefer a strip, while separating the clumps with thread wraps (see below).  I do cut away excess skin to lower the thread profile.

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Tie in the zonker (I will cut the tag end before wrapping)

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Separate the zonker before doing the thread wrap to separate

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Wrap with thread.  Some spit always helps on the zonker (giggles)

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Trim the strip so that it isnt longer than the flash body.  I finished with some peach/pink thread. Usually I’d tie the entire fly with it but was running low.

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Separate silicon legs

Petersons Spawning Srimp SBS

Petersons Spawning Shrimp

 

Shot on Fuji XT-2 with kit lens (not the best choice of lens)
Vice: J-Vice with Hattori Hanzo Steel jaw