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How to Tie: Giacobba’s Blue Claw

Difficulty: easy

35% difficulty

Time: 5-10 minutes

25% timely

Cost: average

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Imitates: shrimp, crab

Target species: bonefish, redfish

Where to fish: flats, backcountry

Notes: Our favorite redfish bug, tie in tan for bonefish

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About the fly:

Capt. Mark Giacobba’s Blue Claw instantly became our favorite tailing redfish fly after fishing it. The fly lands softly, it’s weedless, and it seems to be absolutely what the redfish are looking for when their faces are dug into seagrass. The original variation in the video is the go-to pattern, but also tying some with a purple collar and black tail (or visa versa) is a good idea for dirtier water when the fish don’t seem to be seeing the original variation well.

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To flatten tie-in end of weedguard:


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