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SA Hackle Crab

Permit & Bonefish | Oceanside & Backcountry | Florida Keys and Biscayne Bay
SA Hackle Crab #1 Tan
SA Hackle Crab in Olive
SA Hackle Crab in White
The SA Hackle Crab is our take on Alan Caolo’s Pink Lady. We’ve incorporated Dave Skok’s strong arm claw to keep the fly swimming straight on the retrieve rather than spinning like so many other permit crab flies. The hackle body gives the SA Hackle Crab the versatility to swim or fish on the drop. Tied on a #1 hook with size small lead eyes the SA Hackle Crab is our heaviest crab pattern, perfect for deeper flats or channel edges.

Mustad S71DT-34007 #1

$10 ea.

How to Fish the Swimming Crab

The SA Hackle Crab was borne out of frustration with finning Permit on deep flats in the middle Keys. We experimented with floating foam crabs and modified Merkins before eventually settling on Alan Caolo’s Pink Lady. The original Pink Lady’s large lead eyes sank too quickly to effectively swim in the current found on our deep flats. We tied it on a smaller #1 hook with lighter eyes which allowed us to swim the fly near the surface in a natural way. We adapted Dave Skok’s Strong Arm claw design to help keel the lighter hook and eye combo. The result is a versatile crab fly that can be swam near the surface with a steady retrieve for finning Permit in 6-8′ of water or allowed to drop and fish slow on shallow flats for Permit or Bonefish.


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