The Big Ugly- by Aaron Adams

featured, Fly Patterns, Videos — By on June 28, 2012 7:39 am

The big ugly was designed to imitate mantis shrimp and ghost shrimp, which are common on the flats of the tropics and subtropics. This video includes photos of mantis shrimp and ghost shrimp, as well as their habitats. This clip also has describes the habitats, what to look for to identify when mantis shrimp and ghost shrimp are present, and fly tying tips.

Aaron is a Senior Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory and the Director of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and based out of southwest Florida. He received a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in Maryland, a Master’s from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and also holds a Coast Guard Captain’s License. He has lived, worked, and fished on both coasts of the US, as well as throughout the Caribbean, where he has been conducting fish research for the last 20 years. In addition to his professional studies of fish, he avidly pursues fish with a fly rod. Aaron puts significant effort into translating fish ecology into anglers’ terms, which includes producing videos about fish habitats and prey, and flies he uses to imitate those prey.

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  1. Dick Brown says:

    Good step-by-step sequence for a great fly. Aaron has a great eye for flats prey and a terrific skill for developing easy to tie patterns to mimic them.

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  2. Mike Kozlow says:

    The fly is great but why in the world is the obnoxious music added?

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  3. David Castlen says:

    The music was so annoying I quit viewing what looks like a good fly pattern

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  4. Derrick Beling says:

    Loved the extra bits around habitat and what you were trying to achieve with the fly.
    Not fussed about the music, but would equally be turned off by music I don’t like
    Found the scissors more distracting and irriating. (I know that real fly tyers keep the scissors in their hand when tying :), BUT not on video)

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