Fly Patterns

Second Fiddle Crab

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

  • Gamakatsu SL12S hook, 1x Short (#1 or #2)
  • UTC Ultra Thread 140, Nylon, Purple
  • Hareline Painted Lead Eyes, Small (4 mm), Fluorescent Orange/ White/ Black
  • Hareline Epoxy Mono Crab Eyes, Yellow/ Black
  • Estaz UV Lights Crystal Chenille, Chartreuse
  • Senyo’s Shaggy Dub, Hot Orange
  • Hareline Tiger Barred Rabbit Strips, Black/ Orange Over Tan
  • EP Tarantula Hairy Legs Brush, 1″, Red/ Black
  • Trik Fish, monofilament, 50#, Clear (weed guard)
  • Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Hardener, Clear (#2103)

Design Inspiration & Detail

Mack Bryson of Southeastern Flyworks was kind enough to send us this pattern. He really created a great color combo – the tans/ browns mixed with fluorescent orange always grab the attention of fish looking for crab. It’s the EP Tarantula Hairy Legs Brush that puts the fly in another category. Take a closer look at the black brush – it appears to have some copper and purple flash as well. Another nice piece to the fly which may not be seen in the image is the UV Lights Crystal Chenille – this brings a chartreuse/ opalescent element to the fly. It’s a great color for antennules or the like. This fly can also be tied in green, black, and purple. Use UV Tarantula Brush in Tan as another great option.

Most variations of Mack’s Second Fiddle Crab sell for $7.00. For further info on Mack and a look at more of his fly patterns, see our post on Southeastern Flyworks.

Target Species

Redfish was the target species for this fly, however Snook, Bonefish and many other crustacean hunting species will also take this fly.

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