OF THE FLEX FOLD TRAP
the summer of 2004, I and some good buddies were looking to buy
crab traps in the quaint seaside town of Sidney, British Columbia.
We had three criteria. We all lived on our sail boats and were looking
for a collapsing trap, as space is a premium, made of stainless
steel so it wouldn't bleed rust onto our decks; and, above all,
it had to fish well.
were ten stores in the small town that sold crab traps. Not one
had what we were looking for. The traps were either too big to store,
too small or rectangular in shape. It is well known fact in the
crabbing community that the bigger the better and crabs don't do
square. Just look at a commercial trap; they are not designed that
way for economy of production or storage.
I immediately set about building a better crab trap. Within days
I had a prototype that I splashed into the waters off Sidney Spit,
a local crabbing hot spot. I pulled the pot after a couple of hours
and there they were- our dinner, 3 large crabs, the first catch
of the Flex Fold Trap.
Its been 5 years since those first traps hit the water and there have been small improvements along the way. There are about 4000 Flex Fold Traps fishing in the Pacific Northwest presently and I have been greatly appreciative of all the people that email in and tell me how much they love their traps. This year we introduced the Flex Fold Prawn Trap and it is creating the same stir that the Crab Trap did.
If you already own a Flex Fold Trap I am sure you will love it. I have had a lot of fun designing it and
of course we can't help but enjoy the rewards of testing it's fishing
What about the Competition?
There are other folding (and non-folding) traps out there that claim equal success to the Flex Fold Trap. Some are rectangular with the crab opeing on the top and some are pyramid with mesh that the crabs must climb up.
I will give you some links to some underwater video that demonstates quite clearly the frustration crabs have when they encounter these type of trap.
Click here for top entrance trap.
Click here for mesh ramp in tunnel trap.
Stainless Steel (304) construction
- Superior round design
- Three entrances for super fast fishing
- Heavy gates
- Deep set/fast current capable
- Assembles larger than non-collapsing traps
- Collapses smaller than all other traps
- Durable carry bag included
- Bridle with SS fittings included
- Laminated instruction sheet (a must read)
- Cinch strap for ease of collapsing
- Heavy durable polyester netting
- Meets BC/WA/OR/CA fishing regulations
- One year warranty
ARE FLEX FOLD TRAPS MADE?
trap is individually handcrafted to ensure that the highest standards
are met. Based on discussion with the experts, the trap is made
of 304 stainless steel.
is ruggedly built so that it can withstand the rigors of deep ocean
sets. Use a 3lb galvanized grapnel anchor on a 6' tether attached
to the bottom of the frames so that the traps will not move in currents.
Use a heavier anchor or lead in swifter currents or offshore.
easy access, I have designed gates that are heavy and swing easily.
black knotted polyester mesh for the netting. Commercial traps use
stainless steel wire for the mesh because they endure years of constant
abuse. The polyester mesh will certainly stand up to anything a
sport fishing enthusiast will throw at it in several seasons and
allows for the trap to collapse into its compact size. Replacement
netting will be available.
made the trap to meet fishing standards but before deploying the
trap make sure it complies with fishing regulations in your area.
Make sure you have a current fishing license as well.
width - 32" / height - 13"
Collapsed........ width - 17" / height - 2"
Flex Fold Crab Traps are sold with the bridle and carry bag. Please
inquire at the dealer of your choice for pricing. Follow this
link to find a dealer near you. If
there is not a dealer near you, please contact