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Thread: The Development of a Lakenvlei Crab pattern.

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    Default The Development of a Lakenvlei Crab pattern.

    I thought this might be an interesting thread.

    If you do take a trout from Lakenvlei, the majority of the times, it will have crabs in it's stomach.
    The most I counted was 13 crabs, from small the size of your pinky nail to big ones.
    The biggest being the size of your thumb and index finger forming a circle. (the size of the carapace)

    Over the last 3 years, I have experimented with various crab patterns and developed a couple of patterns for Lakenvlei.
    Most not succesful at all.
    Slowly but surely, after every trip, a new idea came to mind, when on the water.
    But I think I have am very close to the right pattern.

    I still have a problem with the hook up, but after the weekend I think the answer presented itself.

    Have to shoot of, in the mean time, list your requirements for the perfect crab pattern, and I will list my thought processes and the evolutionn of the pattern when I have more time.
    Korrie Broos

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    Korrie what about listing your ideas and tricks first then we will follow?
    Gerrit Viljoen

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    I have a succesful Crab pattern for Lakies.

    But let's hear yours first!
    "So hereís my point. Donít go and get your ego all out of proportion because you can tie a fly and catch a fish thatís dumb enough to eat a car key.." - Louis Cahill - Gink and Gasoline

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkieser View Post
    I have a succesful Crab pattern for Lakies.

    But let's hear yours first!
    I stole your legs!
    Gerrit Viljoen

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkieser View Post
    I have a succesful Crab pattern for Lakies.

    But let's hear yours first!
    Would love to see yours.
    Korrie Broos

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    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

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    I have a good cure for crab patterns
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    I heard you like to use tinfoil?
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    How would a crab pattern be fished in a stillwater like lakensvlei? If you retrieve it, it will spin, and if you let it lie, you will drift over it. Whats the trick? I have caught a few fish on a red velcro crag pattern, but that was from the side, not from a boat.
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    I thought Lakenvlei was catch & release water??
    Mario Geldenhuys
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