Fly Fishing for Coastal Gamefish
This is my latest version of Norman's Crab, which first appeared in my book Fly Fisherman's Guide to Saltwater Prey. I simplififed the original Norma's Crab a bit by removing the grizzly hackle claws and tying in the legs all at once rather than one at a time. The pattern is extremely effective on bonefish in many different habitats. The fly has many good characteristics.
I tie this pattern in dark tan or brown (shown) for dark colored bottoms and light tan for light colored bottoms.
Hook: Mustad 34007, size 4
Thread: Pink Danville flat waxed nylon
Eyes (weight): Medium stainless steel beadchain (use heavier eyes for deeper water)
Body: Light tan, dark tan, or brown zonker strip (color to match bottom)
Legs: Sililegs. Sand with Orange and Black flake for light colored bottoms; Barred Orange with Orange and Black flake for dark colored bottoms
Weed guard (optional): 30 pound mono
The Fisherman's Coast approach focuses on how coastal gamefish interact with their habitats and prey. The more you know about the gamefish you pursue with a fly rod, the more often you'll be in the right place at the right time with the right fly making the right presentation. It's about catching more fish.
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