Joined: 14 Nov 2009 Posts: 14 Location: Derbyshire, England
Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:31 pm Post subject: Mr Krabbs
I've tied crab patterns before but they never seem to swim the right way up, so now I'm hoping I've cracked it with this pattern. It has a split shot glued Clouser style to the hook shank to make it swim point up. Anyway hope you like it
Hook: Sakuma 410 2/0 with split shot glued to shank
Shell: Brown Furry Foam
Legs: Craft Foam cut into strips heat bent and coloured
Eyes: Nylon Braid dipped in UV Gel and coloured black nail varnish
Mouth Palps: CDC
Claws: Cheap brown hackle trimmed and stiffened with SH
In the pic above you can just see the split shot, coloured green.
Joined: 27 Feb 2006 Posts: 356 Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:25 pm Post subject:
Very nice looking fly!
The key to get a fly to ride hook point up is not always weight, but rather a "sail" or "rudder", which points up. The wing on a Crazy Charlie or Gotcha it a good example.
This will act as a guide to the fly as it sinks, much like the tail on a kite in the wind. So making sure your flies aren't flat, but has most of its extensions - like the crab claws and legs - pointing upwards, might do the trick.
Martin _________________ Martin Joergensen
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