How to Tie the Kwan Fly

How to Tie the Kwan Fly
The Kwan fly was developed for use in south Florida backwaters and flats, but it is now a popular fly used in wetlands, marshes and other bodies of water in many other states. The Kwan fly works on almost all species of fish in south Florida. Its look and effect on fish is similar to a redfish fly or crab fly.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bead chain Fur or fish hair Hook rug yarn Orange yarn Flat, waxed brown and tan nylon Fine black marker
  • Bead chain
  • Fur or fish hair
  • Hook rug yarn
  • Orange yarn
  • Flat, waxed brown and tan nylon
  • Fine black marker
Step 1
Wrap three loops of tying thread from the hooky eye to the hook bend. Tie a fly-fur wing just before this point.
Step 2
Make a few more thread wraps behind the fly fur to prop it at a 45-degree angle. Secure the wing with a support loop of 20-pound Mason's mono.
Step 3
Wrap two or three tight loops of orange yarn over the wing wraps to form an egg sac.
Step 4
Tie two loops each of brown and tan yarn in front of the egg sac, alternating colors. Make a figure eight with the tying thread.
Step 5
Trim the yarn to create a faux crab body.
Step 6
Thread a pair of bead chain eyes and 15-pound Mason's mustache weed guard in front of the yarn body before tying off the thread.
Step 7
Create three stripes across the yard body with a fine black marker.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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