Keel Crab

ole_florida_mikeole_florida_mike Posts: 28 Greenhorn
Like all good permit flies, the Keel Crab is heavy and will bolt right to the bottom when presented in front of a hungry fish. The brass beads on the keel not only add weight to the fly, but also make the fly sink straighter and allow the crab to sit in an aggressive position.

We prefer to tie in the body underneath (between the shank and hook gap) so when a permit looks down at the fly he sees nothing but crab shell.

Video Instructions: How To Tie The Keel Crab Permit Fly

Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S #1/0
Thread: Ultra Thread 210 Tan
Eyes: Brass Dumbbell Eyes Gold Lg
Crab Eyes: EP Crab/Shrimp Eyes Pearl Black Lg
Tail: Strung Marabou Ginger
Claws: Keough Tyer’s Dry Fly Cape Bleached Grizzly
Keel: Mason Hard Type Nylon 20 lb.
Beads: Cyclops Bead Eyes Gold 7/64″
Body: EP Fibers 3D Sand
Legs: Fly Enhancer Legs Light Blue/Pumpkin
Weedguard: Mason Hard Type Nylon 20 lb.
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