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Old 02-23-2011, 03:32 PM
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Sand Papered Crab Apple

JimD...as per our PM's, here is a Crab Apple with the use of medium sand paper as the carapace instead of the Pheasant feathers or partridge feather.

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Did you plick up the sandpaper while looking at window dressings?

Seriously John, nice looking tie.
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:19 PM
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Gary....You can use any type sandpaper...coarse or fine or in between , different shades of brown, etc. Just an alternative if you have no Pheasant feathers...also I put a good amount of epoxy but a thin coat will show the grains better, ...and a fine sandpaper in a shade of brown will copy the brown crab carapace perfectly. Using different shades will allow you to see what the shades of the real thing are in certain estuaries and the grass flats on north Monomoy.
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Thanks John. It does look nice.
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WOW! Creative thinking for the carapace, and an exceptional tie. This W/E I am going to try a few. Do you think the local hardware store will wonder about someone asking for sandpaper in certain colors? Thanks for sharing.
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Jim, tell them you have a sandpaper collection ...then you can share your hobby here on the forum and we can compare our collections. I will send you an application to the "Sandpaper Collectors Society"

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Wow - you ought to go field test those on permit too!
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:17 PM
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Thank Pal....wish I could...I am here in Plymouth and just dropped Sally off at Logan to go to Naples for a Golf Tournament....maybe I can travel after I finish next year with putting my daughter though her last year in school....she is in Florence, Italy for the semester....By the way, If you are in Chatham next week, Penguin is tying at the same location where I tied......so........as in the movie "Blues Brothers"...I will volunteer to bring the chicken wire....
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As a comparison, here are the usual Pheasant, partridge carapces...I had post these about 3 years ago. I think you could find as many varieties of sandpaper as you can for the usual carapaces to match various colors of the various little crabs

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JimD...as per our PM's, here is a Crab Apple with the use of medium sand paper as the carapace instead of the Pheasant feathers or partridge feather.

Why the heck didn't I think of that!Great Idea.You and Penguin..what a team.
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Great looking fly! This would work great on turtle grass in green and weedless.
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Some photo's of brown crab....now if I use photo shop and resize... then copy and print...then cut ou.....what if..................




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Just one other thing. I have always opted to use whatever I can find in nature as the carapace... and do not like using just colored foam or dotting stuff with a magic marker.... so I have also used Fall leaves, which are very durable under the epoxy or other sealant..I wish I had a few finished flies but used them up last season....I grabbed a few from outside... you will have a greater choice of natural shades in the fall as oppose to now....but as you can see from the photos... the texture and uneven colors are perfect.

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The talent you guys have is incredible. The time and patience the tiers here at this forum have is astounding. Really the flies that Pete and John have been showing us are pure works of beauty and love. You can't make something that beautiful without the love of fly fishing and of mother nature herself.
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John...simply fantastic stuff. These crabs really do mimic nature. I can't add more than what has already been said!! Sandpaper? Who would've thunk?

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