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: Crab hatch fly?

04-08-2003, 02:57 AM
Ran across a crab hatch, I think, last season. The stripers were in gin clear water sipping and rolling - couldn't buy a hit.

Thinking of tying something small and clear - size 6 or 8. Any suggestions?


04-08-2003, 05:10 AM
Try a size 4 fly that matches †he color and shape. Make the body round and a wing with some flash. Worked for me. FishHawk:smokin:

04-08-2003, 05:57 AM
Adrian (who is having fun in the sun) came up with a very innovative crab hatch pattern I've been curious to see applied to the situation you describe. Might come up in searches... but I am sure he'll reply when he returns.

He picked a good week to get out of dodge!

04-08-2003, 06:17 AM
Roop - Crab larvae, called zoea (if I recall correctly), are very similar in appearance to small, clear shrimp with an extended rostrum (the spine sticking out of the shrimp's head).

04-08-2003, 07:39 AM
Thanks guys - will try some simple grizzly/ estatz palmering and see what happens.


Dble Haul
04-09-2003, 01:24 PM
FWIW, Adrian's pattern is in the Warmwater Archive under the title "PB". It looks pretty darned good.

Tod D
04-10-2003, 12:34 PM
Roopster - A la Adrian, I tied up some smallish, shrimp-like flies on size 4 tinned eagle claw hooks. Have not fished them, but they seem like they may be the ticket. I'll send a couple over your way if you'd like... TD

04-10-2003, 12:41 PM
Tod- you should stop by for a beer and we can make some plans - I'll be wrapping up the wiring this weekend.