Designed by Dave McKenna, The BodyGuard Crab is one of the most exciting crabs we've ever presented to permit or big bonefish. It's another pattern made perfect by the new synthetic Guard Hair Chenille from Semperfli. This fly lights up with natural coloration from a blend of micro UV tinsel and translucent microfiber. It mimics the natural moss and algae that cover natural crabs on the flats. The BodyGuard Crab imitates a fleeing crab that's evading a predator.
A dominant fighting claw protects the crab's body as his other micro-chenille legs move nervously. The hot orange dumbbell eyes balance the fly just right to posture the claw up and towards the permit’s mouth. Micro chenille legs keep it animated and a belly of natural Guanaja sand leaves no doubt in the permit’s mind that he's in for an easy meal. Our Tan Body Guard Crab is dyed with dark Honduran Coffee for the most natural sand color.
These are tied in small batches and sell quickly when available.
Dave chose the new Umpqua X-Series XS410 Flats hook as the perfect hook to compliment the design. These hooks guarantee a perfect keel and instant penetration into the hardest crushers in the ocean.
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!