The Strong Arm Merkin Crab was designed in the Florida Keys to imitate the shape and profile of a fleeing crab. This fly has become a top permit fly on every flat where anglers chase permit.
Our custom Strong Arm Merkin Crabs are tied in Guanaja using Umpqua's X-Series Flats hook in #2 & #4 in our two most popular colors. Our tan crab features a white claw with a tan body and matching tan and orange tipped sili legs. Our white version features a white claw and body with white and hot orange tipped sili legs.
These are tied in limited quantities.
Meet the Guanaja Fly Tyers Guild. They are the primary supplier and designers for Guide Flies and the inspiration to pass on the art of fly tying to this incredibleisland community.
It started by recognizing the natural fly tying talent that existed in the community of Guanaja. The guides and family members of the Fly Fish Guanaja staff had learned the basics of fly tying and made creative flies for technical permit and bonefish that were not easily fooled.
Over the the last three years they have worked hard to perfect their craft. What began as an experiment in the beach front cabana, has turned into one of the greatest small business opportunities for the Island of Guanaja.
The team of fly tyers that make the Guanaja Fly Tyers Guild is instructed and led by Dave McKenna. They work daily to make the custom tied flies you can purchase through our website. They are self managed and work with an entrepreneurial approach to their business of fly tying.
Through the challenges of passing hurricanes and the Covid-19 pandemic, they have persevered and worked with pride to make the flies we offer here.
We all thank you sincerely for the support and orders that have helped bring the entire team through the hardest parts of the past year. We are very excited to share our newest flies and designs with you!