EZ Realistic Crab Fly Tying: Backwater VLOG #34

ez realistic crab fly

“Crab flies can often be complicated flies to tie, especially for beginners. However, this one is simple, uses rad materials, and can be tied by even the most novice of fly tyers.” – Jesse Males

Realistic crab flies can be extremely effective in many different situations but this fly is mainly used when you need to lead a fish quite some distance and have this fly resting on the bottom as the fish cruises over. This can work great particularly for redfish, permit, and bonefish.


This particular fly uses some interesting techniques as instead of mostly using thread to tie the materials to the hook shank, we are using glue and uv gel to get this done. I will admit, I find it a blast to color the crab claws, cut the furry foam, and trim the legs. Flies like this are great for beginners because you can get a better idea of all the different parts that are needed to produce a fly that accurately imitates the real thing.

Material List

  • Hook: Daiichi 2546 #2
  • Eye: Homemade Sparkle Eyes
  • Hotspot: Orange Flat Diamond Braid
  • Body: Furry Foam
  • Arms: Cohen’s Small Claws
  • Legs: Standard Ultra Chenille
  • Weight: Lead Eyes

Hopefully you enjoyed the video and have now a better understanding of how to create a realistic crab fly.

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Tight lines and happy tying!

Jesse Males

Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of backwaterflyfishing.com as well as our online fly shop, backwaterflies.com. The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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