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: Documentary: evolution of my crab pattern

03-30-2003, 06:48 AM
This pattern has been posted previously on Striblue's "Dick Brown Report" regarding the success of his crab apple in the Carribbean; just thought I'd give it a thread of its own.
Basic concept is a la Crab Apple x Eric's Standing Crab. Craft foam body, grizzly hackle for carapace coloration, marking pens for accent, badger-dyed hackles for legs and claws, dumbbell eye tied in on top of shank near eye, standard saltwater hook (sizes 1-4, 6 would require a larger gap hook than I presently have), 50-lb. melted mono eyes, fire-orange krystal flash for mouth, and a glass rattle tied in on top of the shank near the dumbbell. See pics below.
The concept is a crab that settles to the bottom and assumes the defensive posture by rearing up on it's back legs and "showing the predator the goods" by presenting it's formidable claws; This is accentuated by the noise created by the rattle, which in my estimation does a good job of mimicking the sounds made by snapping claws and moving legs. I have dubbed this the "Pi$$'d-Off Crab" as a result. I owe the ideas for the body and legs to the Crab Apple, the concept of "standing" to Eric's Standing Crab, although that crab uses mono bent into a 'V'-shape to cause the crab to "stand".

03-30-2003, 06:52 AM
Close up of the carapace...

03-30-2003, 06:53 AM
Frontal Shot, the "business end" of the crab...

03-30-2003, 06:55 AM
The "guts", showing the unfinished underside. For reference, this fly happens to be a size 2...

03-30-2003, 07:00 AM
... and finally, the coated belly; material used is white acrylic caulk, which tends to shrink as it cures. The initial application of this stuff was a bit sloppy, but as you can see, it shrunk and conformed to the materials used quite well. Perhaps the coating of rough surfaces will help soften the presentation of this fly to spooky fish. I'll be using this pattern for jacks and reds, so I don't think that I need worry about the noise created when it hits the water nearly as much as those chasing bones and permit.
This fly is tied on a size 4, for reference...

03-30-2003, 07:01 AM
Looks like a real nice tying job and I think you captured the entire concept of the crab... I like the rattle idea as far as the snapping claws... another great concept at realism which is the way I like to go at these things..excellent! I will be anxious for your reports which I have no doubt will be sucessful.