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Improved crabs

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I think the use of mallard flank for the claws is a nice touch. What type of crab mimic are you going for? Or, what conditions/habitat/substrate do you envision yourself fishing these in? Thanks,

Kevin

 

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I hope they are pretty durable, I coated the whole feather in softex, but I won't really know till I fish them.

 

Kevin,

I am going to b fishing these in some sand flats near where I am in CT, with a lot of lady, blue, and asian and green crabs. I colored a few of the claws blue with a sharpie, and some I dotted the backs with a brown color to mimic the lady crabs. Last year there were so many lady crabs I couldn't even begin to count, and there were a lot of big fish in skinny water rolling on them at low low tide.

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Will?

They look better, shoot me a pm, I'll give you a couple next time I see you.

In the meantime, search "crab apple" here in the fly tying forum for some ideas. alot of pheasant as claws.

I hope all is well.

Ian

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After looking around at some of Striblue's posts on the crab apple, I was inspired to whip one up, here is my take on it:

Owner AKI 3/0 hook

spirit river eyes

tan cross cut rabit

Pheasant claws and carapace

dry fly hackle legs

3 dumbells to sink like a stone

clear cure goo over carapace

450

It's sort of a hybrid of the crab apple and CTaylors pheasant shell crab.

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Damn Ian, you never cease to amaze, been impressed by your tying since the Orvis days. What part of the pheasant are you using? It doesn't look like the tips of any tails. Also, I have no idea how to send a PM so maybe I'll hit you up on fb.

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I think you need more posts, maybe 15 before you can send pm's.

email me at norwalkflyguy at gmail.

you missed Jonny at compleat earlier

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Wheher. Where Are you fishing? I'm out of stonington and have been tying some crabs up for sandy point flats..

Try tying some crabs with felt for back and legs with a little silicone and magic markers seems to swim awesome and is easy to do..

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