Tying the Velcro Crab
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f 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.
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