Fly Patterns

Hourglass Merkin Crab Fleeing: Criss-Crossing EP Fiber

Recreate fly patterns 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 34007SS Hook (#8)
  • UTC 210, Tan
  • Bead Chain Eyes, Medium, Black
  • Sili Legs, Clear/ Black Pepper, Copper Flake
  • EP Fibers, Orange
  • EP Fibers, Red
  • Ande 40 lb Mono, Clear (weed guard)
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Hardener, Clear (#2103)

Design Inspiration & Detail

Classic Merkin Crabs can be somewhat intricate to tie, especially when you have several bundles of EP resisting you with every turn of thread. Tying in rubber legs can even be tedious. The Hourglass Merkin crab is an original design, made to tie quickly and easily. It offers a flatter body which can be trimmed to your own specs and “fleeing” legs which are simply bundled and wrapped to the hook shank. Tie color combos that resemble your indigenous crab species.

Target Species

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

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