Simple Flies: The first in a series on fly tying. Flies don't have to be complicated to catch fish. The Simple Flies approach uses just a few materials and a few steps to create easy to tie flies that catch fish. The videos are designed to be simple, straightforward, and instructional.
Norman's Crab is a simple, easy-to-tie fly that was designed to imitate the many species of walking crabs that inhabit the flats of the tropics and subtropics. The pattern is an impressionistic fly that emulates the general body shape and leg orientation of most walking crabs. The rabbit strip and sililegs provide great movement with only minor movement of the fly. The pattern was originally designed for bonefish on the Caribbean, but has also proven effective for redfish in Florida.
This is one of an endless number of color combinations of an easy-to-tie fly pattern that I modified from a pattern from friend Buz Fender. As with other Simple Flies, this pattern uses only a few materials, is quick and easy to tie, and catches fish. This particular color combination is productive in tannin-stained waters, and was named by friend and videographer Rich Volpe. This pattern has replaced the Toad as my top tarpon pattern.