Published Sep 3. 2021 - 2 years ago
Updated or edited Sep 5. 2021

Crabby Patty San Flea

I created this fly a while back inspired by a few flies I saw on instagram. I took aspects of a couple different flies, mainly a few from "sand bar flies" and created my own pattern with some ideas I saw. Notably the chenille legs from one fly, and the mallard flank shell back from another. Originally I made a video on tying this fly, and I used a dubbing loop. I also used a flexible resin on the mallard flank feather as well. After tying these for a few years, I have now changed a few aspects of the fly, and am very happy with the ultimate result. I think this is now easier to tie, and also more durable.

Sand crabs, or also called sand fleas, are a staple food source for many insure saltwater species. Surf Perch and Corbina in California, to pompano and redfish in the gulf of Texas, I find that these flies work great for all species willing to come close to the breaking waves in the surf. These little crabs occasionally get kicked up by heavy waves, and become an easy meal for hungry fish.

Also I mentioned that I would link to a video that gave more detailed instructions on making a dubbing brush. Here is another crab fly where I talked in more depth about another brush I created.

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Materials -
Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H's (size 4) -
Thread: Veevus 140 Power Thread (orange) -
Weight: Lead dumbbell eyes (small) -
Feelers: UV2 Diamond Brite Dubbing (burnt orange) -
Antenna: Sili Legs (hot tipped/clear) -
Legs: Micro Ultra Chenille (white) -
Brush Base Material: Water Silk (silver) -
Brush Dubbing: Sand Crab Dubbing (honey crab) -
Shell Back: Mallard Flank (natural) -
Glue: Loctite (brush on) -
Resin: Solarez Ultra Thin -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Scissors: Risen Razor 4" -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -
UV Light: Ultrafire UV Super Power -

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