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    Hey guys, ive never fished crab patterns before.. what hook size are we looking at here and how would you fish them and in what sort of water?

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    Hi Guys, here's my crab fly. Used dubbing mixed with epoxy for the body and elastic bands for the legs. The eyes are earbuds, but i make them with burnt 100lb mono these days.


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    Quote Originally Posted by swsmith View Post
    i wonder how they know when they moulting maybe pick up the difference in colour.

    i was looking for something similar to what MC used on his triggerfish pattern.dont want to use yarn etc etc

    thanks for the replies so far guys.....seems only 3 guys fish freshwater crab patterns
    I started tying fresh water crabs for Lakensvlei.
    After seeing the amount of crabs in their stomachs, it was the way to go.
    For the body, I use a dark green furry foam, with epoxy.
    Have had varied succes with it. I think it needs more refinement to be a consistent fish taker.
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    I might have missed it cause I browsed through this thread very quickly, but what about velcro(sp) the fluffy side for body?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pieterkriel View Post
    I might have missed it cause I browsed through this thread very quickly, but what about velcro(sp) the fluffy side for body?
    Not good, it gets stuck on the fish with hair on their chest. Then it is not legal.
    Korrie Broos

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    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Korrie View Post
    Not good, it gets stuck on the fish with hair on their chest. Then it is not legal.
    ah I see but it could be beneficial for yellows getting better hook up when they have those spawning pimples
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    Quote Originally Posted by Korrie View Post
    Not good, it gets stuck on the fish with hair on their chest. Then it is not legal.
    Well you wouldn't need a fly patch on your fishing vest...
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    Soft-bodied crab imitations are in my opinion the best - especially as fish have the time to 'feel' the fly by nature of the static or slow nature in which they are fished. As others have mentioned the crab is at it's most vulnerable and juicy when it's just moulted it's shell. In England we used to call these 'peeler' crabs. Rather like going to your local Pork 'N Cheese restaurant and having your prawns de-shelled before you eat them. Not quite as much fun but a darn sight quicker and more comfortable to eat than shelled crustaceans!
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