Merkin Permit Fly 2018-04-09T18:39:27+00:00

FLY TYING – Merkin Crab Permit Fly

Hook:Mustad Size 1, 2
Thread: Tan
Rabbit strip
Yarn: Tan
Lead eyes, Tan rubber legs

About the fly:

Almost every Merkin fly Pattern that is sold in fly shops across America are tied incorrect. In order for this fly to sink correctly it must be tied with the yarn on the underside of the hook. Most of the good permit guides in the Keys know this and therefore tie their own. The main thing is that it sinks correctly with the hook up and at a 45 degree angle. I tie many different colors to imitate different types of crabs and for different areas I fish. Try one of these next time you fish for permit and you’ll see a difference. Just make sure to get it as close to the fish as you can. Good luck!!!!


Step 1
Figure eight wrap the eyes into place and wrap thread back to the bend of the hook.
Step 2
Tie in a rabbit strip on top of the hook with the hide facing up.
Step 3

Flip the fly over and tie in a piece of yarn figure eight wrapping it into place. Make sure to use at least 2-3 wraps and then 2-3 good tight wraps in front of it to lock it in place. Next tie in a rubber leg in the same manner.

Step 4
Repeat the process all the way up to the lead eyes and tie off.
Step 5
Next hold the rubber legs out of the way and trim the yarn so it is shaped a little larger at the tail end.
Fly Tied by Capt. Justin Rea