Ninja Toe Biter

Published Jun 27th 2010

Das Mutant Ninja Crustacean... LESS filling! TASTES great!


Toe Biters

Since we all know that "Stripahs" never eat crabs... ['get stuck on the way down!?]...
Well, maybe sometimes...

Tyed conservatively, the wimpy negative ballast will cause a gentle swim to the safety of the bottom...

I prefer a clear intermediate line... with no startling distinctive black fly line laying on the sand to inspire a paranoia attack...
In shallow water, "Striped predators" are already very cautious and spooky!
A slow retrieve and occasional twitch to spark the interest of approaching diners works for me...

Just try to stay tight or at least in contact with the fly...
Under ideal conditions, the TAKE can be quite pleasingly "visual"...

And now you literally have an inspirational case of the crabz...

Pete Gray
Dazed, Confused and Designated Expendable
Angler Management Drop-Out

Step 1 - tie in thread -

Step 1 - tie in thread
Step 2 - dumbbell - I added a few wraps of lead to enhance the small dumb bell...

Step 2 - dumbbell
Step 4 - body start -

Step 4 - body start
Step 5 - ventral view - That\'s from the underside

Step 5 - ventral view
Step 6 - trim tube -

Step 6 - trim tube
Step 7 - ready to tie in -

Step 7 - ready to tie in
Step 8 - tied in -

Step 8 - tied in
Step 9 - ready for trim -

Step 9 - ready for trim
Step 3 - tail - Not really, but you know what I mean

Step 3 - tail

Step 10 - clear hole -

Step 10 - clear hole
Step 11 - body done -

Step 11 - body done
Step 13 - legs ready -

Step 13 - legs ready
Step 12 - threading legs - I use a bobbin threader to run the legs into the body and \

Step 12 - threading legs
Step 14 - feathers - The pheasant phether \

Step 14 - feathers
Step 16 - trim feathers -

Step 16 - trim feathers
Step 15 - color - \'a little marker pen to add some local colour...

Step 15 - color
Step 17 - glue and sand - To better mimic the look of ninja toe biters, I\'ve sprinkled some fine sand recovered from my wading booties over uncured acrylic UV free zone Tuffleye Flex to enhance texture and appearance... 
The UV free visible blue light safely seals the deal...

Step 17 - glue and sand

HookShort shank saltwater hook size 1/0
ThreadMono or white 6/0
TailNatural bucktail
BodyBraided tube, large diameter
LegsOrange mottled rubber
Swimmer legsBadger or pheasant hackle tips
ClawsBadger or pheasant hackle tips
Outer bodyTuffleeye Flex and sand

Ninja Toe Biter

User comments
From: joseph · blackmajik93·at·  Link
Submitted October 2nd 2010

Martin thank you for giving a general list of thing for the fly. i just recently started fly tying and is kinda new at all the materials and types. made me a shopping list of fly tying materials!
thanks a plenty

From: ShepMike · shepmike2·at·  Link
Submitted August 31st 2010

Hi Martin,

I agree, it wouldn't be too hard to tie the fly from the photos, but I've been tying for a while now and can sort of work it out. I was thinking more of new tyers who may not have a ready supply of hooks materials etc and need to go and purchase.

I think you do a great job and I've been visiting your site for years now. Keep up the good work.


GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted August 31st 2010


Completely useless might be putting it a bit harshly, don't you think?
If you run through the pictures you get a pretty good impression of the materials, which (as in most patterns) aren't that critical. Hook, thread, eyes, hair, braided tube, rubber legs, hackle tips, sand, marker pen and glue. I think a lot of people will be able to tie--or rather: build--the fly from that.

But due to Mike's and Joseph's comments we will consider adding the list.

And how brave of you to put your name behind your criticism! Oh that's right... you didn't...


From: Anonymous  Link
Submitted August 30th 2010

Completely useless without materials list.

From: joseph · blackmajik93·at·  Link
Submitted August 4th 2010

what is the recipe for this fly exactly? it a really neat fly to tie and i am wondering what size of hook or type

From: Mike Edwards · shepmike2·at·  Link
Submitted June 30th 2010

Hi guys,

I find it helpful if you include a list of materials and recommended hook pattern etc. This is a really good looking pattern and you've put it together in a way I haven't seen before.

ShepMike (Australia)

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