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