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Merkin Crab by The Fly Pack

Let;s face it, tying saltwater crab flies can be a real drag, but if you are serious about getting into stripped bass, permit and bonefish, it’s something you will need to deal with. The Merkin Crab is a good candidate for tyers just getting started with crab patterns. The legs can either be tied in between bunches of EP Fibers, or simply tied with an overhand knot once the body is complete. The EP fiber colors can be alternated to give a little more realistic coloration to the fly. You can tie the fly on smaller hooks, but the EP finer bunches limit the amount of bundles you can tie onto a shank. A size 2 should allow 5-6 clumps, and a good size for the fly. Size 4 hooks will be more along the 4-5 bunch limit.

Merkin Crab Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Saltwater hook #2
Thread: 210 Denier
Weight: black barbell eye weighted (lead or brass)
Mouth / tail: Marabou
Claws: Grizzly saddle hackle
Body: EP Fiber
Legs: Round rubber legs or silicone skirt legs

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Saltwater Shrimp tied by Ruben Martin

Saltwater shrimp flies are essential to a successful fishing trip to the flats. I’ve been frantically tying saltwater flies for the winter season and I’d like to give this shrimp pattern a good look. A few things to note, first, the epoxy eyes are dipped in a clear glitter nail polish. You’ll want to make sure this completely cures before you box it. The eyes themselves look like a custom job, and I’d love to see how he goes about making them. The fox hair wing and tail(mouth parts) is a favorite material to work with. I prefer it to the much loved craft fur because of the natural randomness it provides and the way it moves in the water. The fly is capped off with a dab of orange paint (eggs?), something I would personally omit. I can’t wait to toss this into some warm brine this winter.

Saltwater Shrimp Fly Pattern

Hook: Standard saltwater ss hook
Thread: 6/0 tan
Tail: Tan fox hair , badger hackle tips
Eyes: bead chain (front) black epoxy eyes (back)
Legs: silicone skirt material
Body: D-rib
Wing: fox hair tan, pearl crystal flash
Head: orange paint

Be sure to check out this and other videos on Ruben Martin’s Youtube page.

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Articulated Hollow Flatwing – Michael Decoteau

You can see the influence of traditional streamers, such as Carrie Stevens’ creataion, in Michael’s articulated flatwing streamers. This is a great large fly designed for steelhead and stripers. You can view the tutorial here.

Flatwing Streamers - Michael Decoteau
Flatwing Streamers - Michael Decoteau

You can also check out Mike’s gallery of these long beauties on his picasa gallery.

Via HMH and The Fiberglass Manifesto

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