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Fly Tying: A crab worth having on the flats

Screen shot – Flexo Crab.

Crab patterns, like leeches and worms, are “flats” catnip to bonefish, baby tarpon, reds, snook, permit, and snappers – all over the world

By Skip Clement – video by InTheRiffle

I tied this fly, and it’s a time-consuming and a little frustrating, the body material, E-Z Body Tubing, is designed to take pleasure in resisting being formed into a crab-like body and it has a time-consuming accomplice – bobbin threading through it to create legs and claws.

Why then tie it?

Sue Barker, my former tennis doubles partner, is an avid bonefisher. She told me that the Flexo Crab ($8.50 each) in small size (#3 or #5 and dark tan) were better attention getters in the Keys for bonefish than the large size I told her about (1/0 to 3/0). She also said light tan color got pounded by reds in the Marco Island, Florida – southwest coast.

No one on our editorial staff or contributors had tried the Flexo Crab, but all were familiar with it 

Flexo Crab Fly Recipe:
Hook: #3/0-04 Gamakatsu SS15
Thread: White 6/0 Veevus or Kevlar Thread (use GSP 50)
Eyes: Large Red or Black EP Crab Shrimp Eyes (use non-lead).

Body: Beige is sizes 1/8″-3/8″

Legs: Tan Micro Velvet Chenille – Griffin Wire Threader used in the Video for legs. But at your fly shop.
Glue: Epoxy and Zap A Gap Brush-On (Thin Loon Fly finish used in this Video).

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