RE:crab fly questions
I agree, Chris's crab is a very nice pattern. I e.mailed him directly to get some additional info and he very generously responded as follows:
"I actually got the idea for the crab flies at one of the flyfishing
shows. The E-Z shape booth had some similar flies tied by an unknown
bonefish guide in the Bahamas. I really can't take full credit for the
fly. But here is what I do."
First, I squeeze the E-Z Shape (Pearl) onto some wax paper and make a
quarter sized disc.
I let that set up, then peel it off the wax paper.
Next I trim the rubbery little disc to a crab shape. This will be the
belly of the crab.
Now I tie some small hourglass eyes opposite the bend of the hook, right
behind the hook eye.
I put the crab belly on the table, squeeze a small amount of Gold E-Z
shape onto the belly (just enough to put a thin skim coat over the piece)
and work the hook onto it.
Now I lay the Grizzly hackle onto the wet coat of gold, pop on some mono
eyes, and then add more Gold to fill out the crab shape and cover the
ends of the hackle the mono eyes and the hourglass eyes.
Its a fast and fun fly to tie.
Doug, I've tried it myself and although I'm not very fast with the assembly, you can create some great looking flies.
Thanks again Chris