Floating Crab Fly Pattern
Some crabs have swimmerets that allow them to swim at or near the surface. Blue crabs, for example, use theirs to navigate tidelines and attach themselves to floating seaweed that will transport them safely through passes and inlets with the current. Tarpon, permit, redfish, tripletail and cobia know to inspect floating grass clumps for likely hitchhikers, and I can't think of a better fly in that situation than the Floating Crab, a crab fly pattern that counts on a body fashioned from deer or elk hair, which floats, to keep the fly suspended on or near the surface. A few pairs of rubber legs, and claws made of webby neck or saddle hackles are added to give the fly some life as it bobs along. Prominent nylon barbell eyes or mono-stalk eyes further add realism. It pays to dress this crab imitation with fly floatant to keep it riding high longer, and also use a mono leader, which is more buoyant than fluorocarbon.