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Tying the Velcro Crab

Tying the Velcro Crab

If you are like me, you are a little obsessed with packing multiple different crab patterns in your fly box. In my current list of favorites are the raghead crab, the kung fu crab, the venerable and reliable merkin crab (best name ever for a fly),  the furry foam crab, the crabby patty, the velcro crab the gangster crab, the captain crabby and the McCrab.

Here Martyn White provides easy to follow, step by step instructions for the very effective and versatile velcro crab. The body of the velcro crab provides a basic frame that you can add various different claw and leg combinations to match the crabs where you are fishing.

Materials Used:

Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H

Weight: lead dumbbells

Thread: 6/0 to match colour of crab

Body: Velcro (soft side) cut to crab shape

Legs: rubber legs, chenille or rubber bands

Claws: chenille, cock hackle or rubber Mouth parts: hackle fiber, marabou or similar

Eyes: EP crab eyes or similar

Belly: Epoxy mixed with white nail polish

Weed guard: Hard Nylon

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