Every fly tyer I know claims to have been an outdoorsy kid, which is hardly surprising. And when most kids go to the seashore, to either frolic or fish, which marine animal most fascinates them? Crabs!
They fascinated me, and nothing else in the water came close. Where I grew up in South Florida, a trip to a bayside public “beach” meant driving down a rough asphalt road cut through the mangroves. My dad did his best to maneuver our wood-paneled station wagon
(hold the age jokes please) around marching battalions of land crabs. I can still hear the crunching under the tires. Once there, wading knee-deep along the hard sand meant more careful maneuvering, but this time around defensive baby blue crabs that delivered one hell of a pinch. Little did I know then that one day I would be lashing yarn, fuzz and fur to hooks to make imitations of them to catch fish.
Read the whole story and more The Beautiful Swimmers -- Fish a crab fly from top to bottom
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