Fly Fishing for Coastal Gamefish
The Hackle Crab is a fantastic fly for tailing bonefish. It lands lightly, the hackle causes the fly to drop slowly, and the hackle and legs give life to the fly with minimal action from the angler.
This fly was featured in Fly Fisherman's Guide to Saltwater Prey, but since the book was published I've started tying the fly in tan and light brown, which has proven effective for tailing bonefish.
Hook: Mustad 34007, size 4 or 6
Thread: Danville flat waxed nylon, color to match the hackle
Weight: Medium (size 4 hook) or small (size 6 hook) stainless steel beadchain
Eyes: Burned 40 pound monofilament
Body: Tan (light colored bottom), brown (dark colored bottom), or green (seagrass bottom) hackle.
Legs: Sililegs. Sand with Orange and Black flake for light colored bottoms; Barred Orange with Orange and Black flake for dark colored bottoms; green with black barring for seagrass bottom.
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.
Our sister site Tribal Bonefish is all about conservation through responsible fishing. Tribal Bonefish shows you how to become a better steward of our coasts to protect our fisheries today, and ensure future generations get a chance to experience these fisheries.