How to tie a Little Olive Merkin Crab Fly

How to tie a
Little Olive Crab Fly

The Merkin Style Crab Fly is undoubtedly the favorite fly of permit fishers, and has been since the beginning! Olive is a great color in the Florida Keys. Permit eat little crabs...

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Materials List:

I like to use a Gamakatsu SL12S size 2 for my crab flies.  This hook is
strong and very sticky.  Most appropriately sized saltwater hooks will do.

This particular crab pattern is tied with tan thread.  I suggest using 
 something light colored that you can change with a marker later.
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Most crab fly patterns use weighed eyes to get down to the fish right away.
This crab pattern is tied with medium weight eyes.
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This fly calls for a hackle feather tail.  I use two grizzly hackles
splayed out "Keys Style" for the tail of the fly.
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I used dyed marabou in the tail of the fly as well.  This part of the fly
can be tied with any sort of "fluff" I just happen to like this material.
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Mono eyes are made easily with a little bit of heavy mono and a lighter.  
With a little bit of practice, you will be making mono eyes like a pro.

 The body of this crab fly is made with Synthetic Fly Tying Fibers. 
The most popular is EP Fibers.  I use tan for a Blue Crab Fly.

No crab fly is complete without wiggly legs.  I like to use rubber 
legs that are a similar color to what i am trying to imitate.

This Blue Crab Fly takes life when you hit it with a marker.  
I am sure to always use a permanent marker when I color my crab flies.

For Step By Step Instructions on how to tie this style of crab fly in any color, size or weight.  Please refer to my video titled, 

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Good Luck! I hope you catch many big permit with your Little Olive Merkin Style Crab.

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