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Del Brown's Merkin Crab Fly Recipe



Merkin Crab Fly


Del Brown’s Merkin Crab- Fly Recipe

Name

Del Brown’s Merkin Crab

Difficulty

3

Hook Size

4

Hook

Mustad 34007 or Equivalent

Thread

Chartreuse Flat Waxed Nylon

Tail

Grizzly hackle tips

Body

EP Fibers – Tan or Lydia’s rug yarn

Legs

Medium Round White

Red Marker

To color the tips of the legs

Eyes

Silver Lead Dumbbell Eye

Proportions

Tail is length of the body

     

  1. Build a thread foundation down the length of the hook shank and position the eye about 3/16” from the hook eye.  Securely lash the eye to the top of the hook shank using figure 8 thread wraps.  Advance the thread to the hook barb.
  2. Tie in the hackle tips above the hook barb, leaving them to extend about one shank length beyond the hook bend
  3. Turn the hook over.  Above the hook barb, tie in bunches of EP fibers about the diameter of a pencil and 1” long.  Tie them in using figure 8 wraps.  Tie in bunches of tan fibers until you reach the eye
  4. Trim the body into a tear drop shape.
  5. Cut three sections of rubber legs about 3” long and knot them evenly along the body.  Try to work the legs into the space between bunches of fibers. 

NOTE: As an alternative, you can tie the legs onto the hook shank as you build the body (step 3) but care must be taken not to cut the legs when trimming the body to shape.  

  1. Apply a small drop of CA cement (super glue) to the knot of the legs to secure them.
  2. Using a red permanent marker – color the tips of each leg
  3. Finish the head with a whip finish and a drop of CA cement.

 

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