New crab pattern working well!
Well I started tying a new crab pattern and it has really been performing well.
Even caught a nice 30 inch fish a couple of weeks ago!
Nice fly and reds! I miss fishing for reds. I really need to catch those on the fly!
That's an awesome crab fly. Would you mind sharing the recipe and tying instructions?
The eyes I made by taking a length of mono and putting one of my wife's black sead beads on it and then burning the end. Then I dip that end in epoxy and put it on a fly dryer to set.
I use danville flat waxed chartruese thread, some gold spirit river brass eyes, brown maribou, some copper flash, copper krystal flash and pearl krystal flash. The body is made from tan or sand EP fibers, and some green fibers. The legs are brown and orange silli legs. I also use a couple of small peices of rabbit strip in orange and yellow.
I start by tying in the eyes, then wrap down to the bend getting a nice layer of thread. Then I tye in about 10 strands of copper flash, then add the maribou, then the copper krystal flash and pearl krystal flash. Next I tie in the mono eyes (I flatten the section where I am going to tie it in with pliers, I then tie in too small peices of the rabbit strip (about 1/4" of the skin part. The two last steps are done with the hook point facing up. Next I turn the fly back over, and start tying in alternating sections of EP fibers. I tie in tan, then green, then tie in a silli leg on each side, then put a little Zap on the do the next layer of alternating EP fibers. I put three legs on each side and keep putting EP fibers until I get to the eyes. At this point I whip finish a couple of time and then take the fly off. The fibres are put in by holding them along and paralell to the hook shank, then loosely putting wraps over them to get the fibers spread evenly, then pulling them back and putting some wraps in front. You end up with a puff ball of a fly, then comes the trimming. Take your time and trim first along the top and bottom of the fly, then slowly shape, making sure you pull the legs out of the way (or you end up with some 4 or 5 leg crabs as I have). Now you just slowly shape until you get it the shape you want. When I am done at this point I put the fly back in the vice, put some thread on in front of the eye, then tie in my titanium wire weedguard. I wrap this snuggly and then whip finish again. I always put epoxy on the fly head around the weed guard and eyes at this point.
Hope this helps. The pattern looks and works great using brown and dark brown EP fibers for the body, with a tan maribou feather for the tail as well.
That is sweet. Thanks for the recipe. Does your wife know you are stealing her beads!
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