This is another good merkin-style crab imitation that makes good use of synthetic tying materials for the body. The heavy barbell lead eyes make this a claws-up pattern when the fly is at rest, offering a great imitation of the natural. Designed to be fished in typical crab style for permit and a strip and pause style for bonefish.
In 2003, a whopping 51-pound permit was caught off Big Pine Key on a 16-pound tippet while using a Raghead Crab fly.
Merkin has been generally been the standard permit pattern, and for many guides in diverse areas it remains the pattern of choice, but some fishers are having good luck with the smaller Rag Head Crab.