Published Feb 24. 2022 - 4 months ago
Updated or edited Feb 24. 2022

Rabbit Clawed Crab

Crabs and shrimp are a staple food source for fish like the Redfish, black drum, pompano, and other popular saltwater sport fish. These are fun fish to catch while fishing flats as you can sight cast to them while they are eating. I fish a lot for redfish down in the Gulf of Texas and the reds down there love eating crabs. Most crabs are difficult to tie, but when you get them down they can work really really well.

This crab fly has worked really well for me and my closest fishing buddies for fishing redfish in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a great representation of a blue crab, but can mimic other crab species if you want to tie it in other colors. It sits on the bottom in a defensive stance which make it look like a crab trying to use its pinchers against a redfish or other crustacean eater. They aren't easy to tie and definitely aren't quick, but do work well. So give it a try.

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Materials
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Hook: Gamakatsu SL11's (size 4) - https://www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/gamakatsu-sl11?variant=363129...
Thread: Veevus 140 Power Thread (Hot Pink) - https://www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/veevus-power-thread?variant=3...
Dumbell Eyes: Brass Dumbell (black/4mm) - https://www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/spirit-river-dazl-eyes?varian...
Feelers: Whiting Chickabou Patch (grizzly shell pink) - https://www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/whiting-farms-chickabou-patch...
Feeler flash: Midge Krystal Flash (pearl) - https://www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/midge-krystal-flash?variant=3...
Eyes: Make your own - https://youtu.be/wY-aEMqOD2o - Buy them - https://www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/realistic-shrimp-eyes-by-fros...
Claws: Rabbit Zonker Strips (barred baby blue) - https://www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/black-barred-rabbit-strips?_p...
Body Material: FTD Congo Hair (shiner tan/light blue) - https://www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/ftd-congo-hair?variant=376243...
Legs: Fly Enhancer Legs (lt. blue/pumpkin) - https://www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/fly-enhancer-legs?variant=404...
Epoxy: Solarez ultra thin resin - https://www.solarez.com/product/fly-tie-ultra-thin-bone-dry/

Tools
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Vise: Renzetti Traveler - https://amzn.to/2t2FFmo
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec - https://amzn.to/2YWOf39
4" Scissors: Risen 4" all purpose - https://www.risenfly.com/collections/fly-tying-tools-and-accessories/pro...
Long Scissors: Risen Straight Hair Scissors - https://www.risenfly.com/collections/fly-tying-tools-and-accessories/pro...
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass - https://amzn.to/2tGYwDW
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench - https://www.oasisbenches.com/oasis-benches/compact-bench/
UV Light: Solarez UV light - https://www.solarez.com/product/uv-cure-flashlight-high-output/

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