Fly Patterns

Merkin Crab: Pinching

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 (#8)
  • UTC 210, fluorescent red
  • Bead Chain Eyes, medium, black
  • Sili Legs, orange/ barred, orange flake (knotted)
  • Ande 40 lb mono, clear, melted (dipped in Sally Hansen’s Black nail polish)
  • EP Fibers, beige
  • EP Fibers, pale olive minnow (across)
  • Krystal Flash, black/ pearl
  • Ande 40 lb mono, clear (weed guard)

Design Inspiration & Detail

I find so many creative ways to build claws for crabs. One way I find so realistic is the effect you get from tying silicone legs together. It not only builds the bulk up in the middle of the legs, but it has a natural look when the claws splay open. The authentic look of a crab really makes it a great fly for fishing South Florida and Caribbean flats. The natural colors and variety of orange are perfect for attracting all crustacean eating predators. As always, adding a splash of crystal flash really gives the fly some life. Be creative and change up colors. Options for upgrading the pattern are endless.

Target Species

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

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