Hourglass Merkin Crab Fleeing: Criss-crossing EP fiber
Recreate this fly at home! A list of materials used to make this fly are 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 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.
This particular fly was designed to attract Bonefish and Permit – many other species will also take the fly.