Video: Tying the Alphlexo Crab Fly
The Alphlexo Crab has become an extremely popular fly pattern for all kinds of flats fishing. This fly was proven on the flats of Alphonse Island (hence the name) in the Seychelles as a permit fly. However, this fly works for just about anything that will eat crabs. Bonefish, striped bass, redfish, and many other species will all have a go at this unique looking crab fly. The video in this blog shows a step-by-step demonstration on how to use our Alphlexo Crab Body Tubing to create this fly. This video was made by our customer Scott Maxwell, you can check it out on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKTjsN2fVVY! .
We sell all of the materials needed to tie an Alphlexo Crab fly on our website and at our retail store. See the list below:
- Body Carapace: White Water Outfitters Alphlexo Crab Body Tubing
- Underbody: Dumbbell eyes + Bead Chain
- Medium Dumbbell eyes fits most sizes. Large and Small can be used as well depending on your preference and weighting needs.
- Chicone's Stealth Bead chain works very well to give some natural crustacean tones, and provide a shape to the underbody on these crabs.
- Fluorescent Bead Chain also works well if you want to add some contrast and a "hot spot".
- Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S, or Mustad C70SD.
- Legs & Claws: Ultra Chenille
- "Standard size" ultra chenille is most commonly used. Some prefer "Micro" size for the smaller sizes.
- Singe the ends on the legs with a lighter. Tie a loop knot and cut it to create claws.
- Some prefer to use pre-formed Enrico Puglisi Crab Claws or Crustaceous claws.
- Eyes: Epoxy Mono Crab Eyes are an easy route to go if you don't feel like making your own out of mono/beads.
- Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon.
- Epoxy: Solarez UV Cure "Flex" Resin is excellent for cementing the legs/components in place.
- Bryce Poyer