Micro Tarantula Crab

Published Nov 18th 2013

A small and mobile crab fly designed with big, wary bonefish in mind


Micro Tarantula Crab

I designed this fly with one goal in mind: big, wary bonefish.
The primary idea was to create a crab looking fly full of movement, which won't spook the fish. Simple but at the same time with a good look. After a few prototypes I found the perfect appearance, which I was looking for in my new fly.

This fly was tested on one of the best locations on the planet for monster bonefish: Aitutaki, Cook Islands by my good friend Ian Dollery who runs an operation at this amazing bonefish paradise.
He is an important coworker who tests many of my new flies in one of - if not the - world's best spot for monster bonefish.
After many hours on the water and after being stuck in many bonefish mouths - as well as other species that were caught on this wiggly fly - I decided to tie this fly in four different sizes: #2, #4, #6 and #8,
For big bonefish I recommend sizes from #2 to #4. The sizes #6 and #8 are ideal for medium to small bonefish. You can use the small sizes on big bonefish but it will demand a lot of technique to stop the fish because they can break the small hooks if you put too much pressure and will produce a unnecessary stress for the fish.
The color ranges are almost infinite, but a good way to obtain a successful fly is to match the fly with the color of the bottom.

Micro Tarantula Crab
TypeWarm saltwater fly
Pedro Pablo Yañez Duran
Target species

HookOwner Fly Liner #8, Varivas 2600ST-V #8 or any similar strong short shank saltwater hook
ThreadLagartun 150 denier Beige
WeightSparkle dumbbell eyes Red, size medium
Eyes2 mm Red glass beads and 0.60mm fluorocarbon or monofilament
LegsLoco Legs, sand
Leg baseTan chenille
BodyTarantula Hairy Brush, tan 0.5"
WingBarred tan zonker strip
ResinClear Cure Goo Tack Free and Clear Cure Goo Hydro

Crustacean mono eyes
To make the eyes take a 3 inch piece if monofilament and then take two glass bead and pass them over the monofilament. Burn the tips and pull the beads to the melted monofilament tips before they go solid. To finish cover the glass bead with a little drop of Clear Cure Goo Tack Free and cure with UV light.

Step 1
Tie in the dumbbell eyes near the front of the hook with figure-eight wraps. Tighten the wraps down to the hook shank by wrapping the thread parallel to the shank at the base of the eyes. This pulls the thread even tighter and helps keep the eyes from spinning. Apply a little of CCG Hydro or super glue to secure them in place.

Step 1 - The dumbbell eyes
Step 1

Step 2
Wrap the thread to the back of the hook shank. To add the eyes tie them on the inside of the hook shank. To obtain the right length keep almost 5 millimeters from the hook gap to the eyes. Make tight wraps to secure them in place and then pull them forward to create a V shape appearance.
For the rear pair of legs take one strand of Loco Legs and cut them in half and tie them in together with equal length using figure-eight wraps.

Step 2 - 1 - Mono eyes and rubber legs
Step 2 - 1
Step 2 - 2 - Eyes and legs tied on
Step 2 - 2
Step 2 - 3 - Bend mono eyes out
Step 2 - 3

Step 3
To make the front legs wrap the thread to just behind of the dumbbell eyes. Take two strands of Loco Legs. Cut them in half and take three pieces of equal length and tie them in with figure-eight wraps
Fold them forward and secure them with a piece of Chenille Craft Stem Pipe Cleaner just over the hook eye.
For the body, wrap the thread to the back of the hook shank just behind of the first pair of legs. Tie a piece of almost two inches of Tarantula Hairy Legs and wrap them to the front of the hook pretty close to the front legs. Then pass behind the legs and make just one wrap.
Secure the hairy legs with a few tight wraps. This way you will obtain a spider shape with the rubber legs full of movement.

Step 3 - 1 - Front legs secured with chenille and Tarantula Hairy Brush in place and ready to be wrapped to form the body
Step 3 - 1
Step 3 - 2 - Wrap the brush to form a body
Step 3 - 2
Step 3 - 3 - Tie down the brush and chenille, trim and secure with glue
Step 3 - 3

Step 4
Wrap the thread to the front of dumbbell eyes and take a piece of 1½ centimeters of magnum zonker strip and create the wing.
Tie-off and whip-finish and apply Clear Cure Goo Tack Free to finish the fly.

Step 4 - Add a short piece of zonker strip just behind the hook eye, sweeping over the body
Step 4

User comments
GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted March 15th 2015


We don't sell it, but Pedro who tied it and wrote the article does. Look at his author page for contact info.


From: Paul K · pkreminski·at·gmail.com  Link
Submitted March 15th 2015

Do you sell flies ? I don't see any prices

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