Light and small crab bonefish flies
Most commercial crab fly patterns for bonefish are big and heavy – great to cast off a boat into 2-6’s water. And yet, when you are walking on the flats in shadow water, when the fish are spooky, you need something that is small, light, still sink and will lay down softly.
From left to right, we have
- Wilson’s micro-crab – size 8 hook – 0.21grams
- Commercial Blue Yarn Crab – size 6 – 0.80grams
- Commercial Veverka’s Corsair Crabby – size 4 -1.44g
- Commercial Borski’s Crab – size 2 – 1.79grams
So what is important?
- Small hook – Size 6 or 8
- Body material that will shed water and not imped sinking – EP Brush
- Trimmed wide body shape.
- Small to medium bead chain eyes
As this is for shallow water, with the expectation the fly is being pulled away from the bonefish, one needs to consider the view will be low and from the back. If necessary, you can trim the top flat, but as I saw many crabs position themselves up, I did not believe this was a critical feature.
So what is the recipe:
- Size 8 Hook
- Pink Thread
- Krystal Flash – Optional – think hybrid shrimp-crab pattern
- Grizzly Hackle Stripped – Optional – length of body
- Hen Hackle splayed open – natural – similar to fly
- Small-Medium Bead Chain Eyes – Consider Black – mounted at back of fly and such that the hook rides up
- Small Hen hackle – Yellow , Orange, Pink or Chartreuse – Wrapped around shank.
- Prepare shank with a tapered body of pink thread.
- EP (Shrimp Dub) Brush tightly wound from back to eye.
- Trim body to shape
- Trim base flat
I would like to have a lighter colour Hen Hackle.