Published Mar 16. 2010 - 12 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

Mr Krabbs

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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 :)

Cheers Dave

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

[img:a61067b27e]http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac51/ballthebuilder_photos/MrKrabs2.j...

In the pic above you can just see the split shot, coloured green.

[img:a61067b27e]http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac51/ballthebuilder_photos/MrKrabs3.j...

[img:a61067b27e]http://i885.photobucket.com/albums/ac51/ballthebuilder_photos/MrKrabs.jp...

Martin Joergensen's picture

David,...

David,

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

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