Puligis Floating Crab |
By Jason Akl
Enrico Puglisi has created many great baitfish imitations His new floating crab pattern is no exception. The EP Floating Crab is unique in that it is able to stay off of the bottom and act as if it was alive and fleeing a predator. This floatability allows the fly to be fished weed-less over the top of the sand, coral and grass located on the ocean bottom. The simple materials used in this fly such as marabou, rubber legs and float foam make it ideal for fishing shallow flats and crystal clear waters. It is lightweight and easy to cast, allowing anglers to get flies close to active fish without spooking them.
To fish this fly simply cast towards your target and let it settle down in the water column. Once the fly has sunk down a bit to the level where the fish can get a good look at it, strip the fly back in an irregular fashion. If you reach a point where there is just sand beneath the fly a good idea is to allow it to drop to the bottom and rest for a minute. Picking the fly off of the bottom with a quick strip of line will produce a puff of sediment exciting everything in the near vicinity.
Tie this fly in sizes 4 & 6.