This is probably the easiest and quickest way to
make crab patterns. I usually tie these small to represent baby crabs and they
have even caught mullet tied on a size 12 and 14!
or brown thread 6/0 or similar.
Cock tail feather
marabou (or any colour that takes your fancy)
fur in various colours (the real stuff)
eyes or lead wire (if required)
34007 hooks in size 6, 8 10 and smaller if required. I go as small as 14. This
is a size 10.
the Thread on the hook and work down the to the hook bend above the barb.
in a small tuft of marabou about 1 cm long
that, tie in a good pinch of Long pheasant tail fibres. These need to be tied
in at a lenth where they can be taken bacb to the eye and then back to the tail
(see below). Basically, you need about two times the length of the hook shank
sicking out. Trim. As shown they are a little long.
a large pinch of seal's fur around the thread and wind this in a ball back to
wind it too tightly as we need to pick out some straggly bits.
Take take the phesant tail fibres up to the eye
of the hook making a "Shell" over the seal's fur and tie in facing over
Fold the protruding fibres back ove the hook with
equal amounts on each side of the hook. Tie them in making sure they lie along
each side of the fly.
a dubbing picker and tease out some of the seals fur. You can also use a bodkin
or velcro if you don't have a fancy dubbing picker.
the "shell" to make it a little more resitant to the teeth of the fish
that are going to munch it.
An that's it. Fly Finished and ready to swim. If
you wan to add weight you can use dumbells or lead on the hook shank.I fish mine
unweighted as baby crabs usually get washed about.
Being honest, I'd have liked to have seen the legs
on this crab above a little bit shorter so they end about where the front of the
shell is but it'll still work like this.
That's it, you have crabs!
tying and if you have any problems, We're in the
Carl Hutchinson is a qualified instructor
with the EFFA and FFFUSA and runs saltwater fly fishing Mullet with www.corporateflyfishing.com He is
a member of the 55 yard club and current Roxtons International Saltwater Fly Casting
Champion and has fished extensively in many saltwater locations and specialises
in saltwater fly fishing for Salmon in Canada.