Sexy Crab

Published Jun 11th 2013

A crab pattern tied with a solid structure using extremely resistant materials but at the same time keeping it naturally looking and full of movement


Sexy Crab

I made this fly many years ago. I was looking for a crab fly made with extremely resistant materials, but at the same time keeping a natural look, full of movement and with a solid structure. After a few prototypes and a testing process I found the one which I was looking for.

Fishing it
Now Sexy crab is one of my best selling flies. Great for bonefish, permit, striped bass or any other crab cracker around the globe.
Where to use this fly? Well at any location where crabs are present. It is a good way for successful fishing to match the color of the fly with the bottom of the local environment.
How to fish this fly? A good way it is making some long and slow retrieves followed be an accasional short and fast strip.

Tan crab

Sexy Crab
TypeWarm saltwater fly
Pedro Pablo Yañez Duran
Target species

HookDaiichi X472 or other similar long shank hook
ThreadLagartun X-strong thread beige 150 denier
WeightBrass eyes nickel black large (3/16)
RostrumDeadly Dazzle fibers, brown
ClawsMagnum Zonker strips, ginger, brown barred ginger
Eyes3 millimeter red glass bead on 3 inch piece of 60 lbs fluorocarbon or monofilament covered with Clear Cure Goo Tack Free
AntennaeCentipede legs, tan, medium
BodyEnrico Puglisi Crustaceous Brush, three tones
ResinClear Cure Goo Tack Free and Clear Cure Goo Hydro

Clawed monster

Step 1
Tie in the dumbbell eyes near the front of the hook with figure-eight wraps. Cinch 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 CCG Hydro or super glue to secure them in place.

Step 1 - 1 - dumbbell eyes - Secure the dumbbell eyes to the hook shank
Step 1 - 1 - dumbbell eyes

Step 2
For the rostrum wrap the thread to the back of the hook shank, then take a bunch of Deadly Dazzle fibers and tie them in using the folding method to obtain more volume with less material
At first make just a few loose wraps and push the fibers using the forefinger and thumb together. Pinch the butt ends top to bottom and then side to side to equally distribute the fibers 360 degrees around the hook shank
This way you will spread the material uniformly around the hook shank
Then make tight wraps to secure them in place
Fold back the rest of the fibers and make a few tight wraps and then use Clear Cure Goo, Hydro or super glue to secure them. Then trim the fibers to obtain the desired profile.
I recommend to use a cardboard cutter blade to give a natural shape. Don't trim the fibers with a straight cut or the fly will look to unnatural.

Step 2 - 1 - rostrum - Deadly Dazzle fibers ready to be folded back
Step 2 - 1 - rostrum
Step 2 - 2 - rostrum done - The fibers have been folded back and trimmed
Step 2 - 2 - rostrum done

Step 3
Take two pieces of zonker strip to form the claws. Use the hook shank length as a reference for the claws, in this case it's almost 1 inch
Tie them at each side of the hook and make tight wraps to secure them.
To add the eyes tie them in the internal side 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 and then pull them forward to create a V shape appearance.

Step 3 - 1 - claws - Zonker strips form the claws
Step 3 - 1 - claws
Step 3 - 2 - top view - Here you see the position of claws from above
Step 3 - 2 - top view
Step 3 - 3 - eyes - The position and length of the eyes
Step 3 - 3 - eyes
Step 3 - 4 - side view - The position of the eyes and claws seen from the side
Step 3 - 4 - side view

Step 4
To create the antennas take two centipede legs. The length of the antennae it is almost the double of the hook shank. Tie them in just in the middle of the eyes. You can use a few figure eight wraps to secure them. Fold them back you will obtain two antenna per side. Make tight wraps to secure them.

Step 4 - antennae - The antennae are made from centipede rubber legs
Step 4 - antennae

Step 5
For the body take a piece of Enrico Puglisi Crustaceous Brush and place it just behind of the rostrum. Wrap it forward making tight wraps and always pull the fibers back on each wrap. This way you will avoid fibers that tangle. You can use a dubbing needle or your free hand. Go just behind of the dumbbell eyes with the thread make a few tight wraps to secure them in place and whip-finish
Apply Clear Cure Goo Tack Free to finish the fly.

Step 5 - body - The body is made from Enrico Puglisi Crustaceous Brush
Step 5 - body
Step 5 - 2 - ready to trim - The brush has been wrapped
Step 5 - 2 - ready to trim

Step 6
Brush the body using a dubbing needle or a comb to distribute all the fibers in a correct way. To create the crab's shape, start trimming the sides of the fly making a V shape and then trim the top and the bottom of the fly to reach the desired shape.

Step 6 - 3 - side view - The body shape is flat
Step 6 - 3 - side view
Step 6 - 3 - trimmed - The brush has been trimmed to shape
Step 6 - 3 - trimmed


User comments
From: Flats - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted August 10th 2013

Love this fly. Can you explain the cardboard cutter for natural cuts? Is this one of those hand rotory tools? How do you use it to cut the fiber in a tapered manor?

From: Cornelis · Corneel77·at·  Link
Submitted June 14th 2013

Nice to see the SBS for the Great Flies you tie Peter....thnx.

From: gordo - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted June 12th 2013

Yowza! A couple deft moves at the bench and I believe we have a soft shell crawdad treat for my largemouth bass and brown trout! This idea is sooo stolen. (Sorry, no crab crunchers in Arizona)

From: Pedro Pablo · peter·at·  Link
Submitted June 11th 2013

Hi Kate thanks alot for your kind words and for admire my work.
All the best

From: Kate - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted June 11th 2013

I am a human crab cracker who finds your sexy crab a very alluring and innovative fly. Your sexy crab and your perminator, in reality, would not get along well. The mantis shrimp would quickly smash the crab and enjoy a good meal.
I can understand why fish are attracted to the sexy crab fly. You do impressive work with zonker strips.

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From: wayne - Full name and email anonymized  Link
Submitted June 19th 2014

Does anyone know how to tye upqua's Dave Hochner's "Flats Boss". Thank in advance.

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