Guide Flies custom Kung Fu Crabs and smaller Kung Fu Jr. Crabs are designed to the specifications of Fly Fish Guanaja’s demanding permit guides. Together, we made our line of Kung Fu Crabs with attention to detail that is overlooked by commercially tied Kung Fu’s.
We started by designing better claws. Dave McKenna chose Hareline’s Tiger Barred Rabbit strips to create unmistakable, visual targets for permit to focus on. They add realistic contrast that mimic natural color combinations.
Next we improved the body material. We use a special synthetic body wrap that gives great transparency and sheds water instantly for easier casting and lighter landings on the water.
The last detail is the rubber legs. A Living Rubber with natural barring and glitters compliment the claws and body to entice a mature fish that has seen it all.
Our #4 Kung Fu Junior's are tied with medium bead chain eyes when a stealth presentation is required.
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!