Made in 'Murica
Alright. Living in Utah doesn't provide much opportunity to fish for saltwater species, but my vise sure has an appetite for stainless hooks... Merkins and toads have become a very entertaining style of fly to tie, but the technique was frustrating at first because I kept binding down the clumps of material together. I also realized that this style of body can be tied out of a variety of materials to get some really cool effects, and I have successfully tied them with EP fibers, congo hair, bruiser blend, and our new salty snack dubbing. In this video, you will see a very cool technique that helps keep the bundles out of the way while tying other bundles and legs into the fly. You'll have to watch it to see. The other tidbit on the video that you will find useful is how to separate and color the claws. It's a very easy process if you use Loon clear UV resin.
We posted this color combo merkin on our Instagram feed, and one of the comments was simply "Murica." That's where the name comes from.
Hook: Daiichi 2546 #2 BUY HERE
Thread: UTC 140 - tan BUY HERE
Eyes: Bead chain eyes - large black BUY HERE
Body1: Palmer chenille - root beer BUY HERE
Body2: Salty snack dubbing - crab tan BUY HERE
Legs: Round rubber - tan BUY HERE
Weed guard: 25lb. mono
Coating: Loon UV clear fly finish - flow BUY HERE