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: Blue Crab---#2

12-24-2002, 03:33 PM
This is a better picture of the cut of the carapace.. I changed the swimmerettes, propped the eyes up over the carapace and put a light coating of E-Z paint before I epoxied the partridge feathers down. Capturing the true color of the blue crab is hard.

12-25-2002, 06:02 AM
Nice work. I have a question. Is the natural a blue green or more on the light blue shade? I saw a blue crab photo in one of the mags. and it was more blue green. However, this crab came from Florida.

12-25-2002, 11:56 AM
John, wow, it gets better and better. I have a freind who does about 20 days of permit fishing a year. He has been playing with a molded carapace crab that a dentist friend of his is developing, and I see some terrific similarities(like minds think alike). I really like the way you incorporate the organic materials to give your patterns "life". The dentist's look a little dead to me, but the permit seem to like them. I suspect that they would love yours(with a little more green for Belize).
I read that Del Brown has been tieing all his merkins with the Eagle Claw LC 413 hook recently. They have a sharp bend at the eye and I have been having very good luck with them. Hook rides up. I wonder how that would work for you. PM me you adress again and I will send you a few after the holidays. What size are you tieing these in?

12-25-2002, 08:24 PM
Eddie,Thanks for the comments.....can you bring some to the show? the Crab is usuually tied with a #1 or #1/0...but those are Varivas with the wide gap..

12-25-2002, 10:13 PM
I can see how a wide gap could be important if the fly is rigid. I'll bring some anyway.

12-26-2002, 08:44 AM
Originally posted by striblue
Capturing the true color of the blue crab is hard.

That's because they all look a little different! I used to go crabbing when I lived in Maryland and the carapaces of the crabs down there were more of a greenish/orangish/reddish color. Only the big claws (on males) and the swimmers were really blue in color. They also have quite a bit of "white" on the face, claws, legs and belly. Check out some of the online photos and you'll see how varied the coloration is.

BTW, I've tangled with a few angry blue crabs and I can't imagine how any fish would want to try to eat them! (but I guess they do!)


12-26-2002, 09:06 AM
Thanks Q..I suspect they are the same on the Cape...The little browns I have seen... but I will fool around with the colors on the blue.