Fly Patterns

Merkin Crab: Pink & Blue

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 (#2)
  • UTC 210, fluorescent shell pink
  • Brass Eyes, medium, gold
  • EP Fiber, pale olive minnow
  • EP Fiber, sky blue
  • Krystal Flash, red/ pearl
  • Krystal Flash, black/ pearl
  • Rooster Neck, prime, chinchilla
  • Berkley Vanish, Fluorocarbon, 40 lb, clear, melted (dipped in Sally Hansen’s Black nail polish)
  • Berkley Vanish, Fluorocarbon, 40 lb, clear (weed guard)

Design Inspiration & Detail

If you fish South Florida and the Keys, you can’t have too many pink/ blue Merkin crabs in the fly box. Blue Crabs are indigenous and plentiful along all coastlines. Any combination of a natural, pink, and blue in the shape of a crab will yield Bonefish and Permit. Have fun experimenting!

Target Species

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

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