Fly Patterns

Cracked Merkin Crab Fleeing: Biscayne Blue


Recreate these flies at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource.

Fly-Tying Materials

  • Mustad Hook 34007SS (#2)
  • UTC Thread 210, Tan
  • Brass Eyes, Medium, Nickel
  • Krystal Flash Chenille, Shrimp Pink
  • Badger, Small
  • EP Fiber, Beige
  • EP Fiber, Eel Green
  • rubber legs, Fishing Skirts, Army Blue Bars (both colors)
  • Berkley Vanish, Fluorocarbon, 30#, Clear (weed guard)
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Hardener, Clear (#2103)

Design Inspiration & Detail

I wanted to create a crab fly with very neutral tones (pastels of light pinks, tans, etc.) – a Blue Crab pattern really. Figured this would work very well in Biscayne Bay, FL where pinks, tans, and browns do the trick. For a little zing/ flash, I added some Krystal Flash Chenille in Shrimp Pink – it also simulates a cracked crab.

Target Species

This particular fly was designed to attract Bonefish and Permit – many other species will also take the fly.

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