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crab fly

#1 Post by penguin » Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:45 pm

Haven't fished since xmas due to work and being bitten by a dog two weeks ago, so I thought i would have a go at a simple soldier crab fly after watching them in the lagoon where i have been catching whiting on micro flies.

first attempt took a while to get to sink and it sits flat on the bottom, looks ok but not happy with the legs
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second attempt with more weight and it still floated for a while but once wet through sits nicely on the bottom
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took a video of it sitting in the water and it waves around looks great but can't figure how to upload.

Now to find time to fish them :glad:

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Re: crab fly

#2 Post by cwsco » Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:01 pm

Nice fly!
What size hook tied on?
Pbs flathead 73cm bream 42cm whiting 40cm grunter 48cm mulloway 80cm spotty mack 80cm cod 45 cm

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Re: crab fly

#3 Post by penguin » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:28 am

Hi cwsco

"what size hook tied on"

first one on tied on a size 6 Gamakatsu B10S, the second one is on a size 4 heavy nymph hook, next one will be on a bigger gape hook but will give these a run to see if they create any interest before making any more.

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Re: crab fly

#4 Post by GlassedOff » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:30 pm

You can still tie in a set of dumbell eyes at the back to get them to sink better lots of patterns for crab flies, a good book to read is peter morse's "a few good flies and how to fish them" there are also numerous fly pattern books available for australian species
Fishnuts on here makes an awesome crab fly haven't seen him post for a while though

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Re: crab fly

#5 Post by cwsco » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:39 pm

Thanks penguin
Might try something like yours myself
Cheers :wink:
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Re: crab fly

#6 Post by MrPinkie » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:30 pm

Incy wincy spider climbed up the water spout... lol.

A big flathead came and wiped poor Incy out.

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Re: crab fly

#7 Post by penguin » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:42 am

GlassedOff wrote:You can still tie in a set of dumbell eyes at the back to get them to sink better lots of patterns for crab flies, a good book to read is peter morse's "a few good flies and how to fish them" there are also numerous fly pattern books available for australian species
Fishnuts on here makes an awesome crab fly haven't seen him post for a while though
They have bead chain at the back, not visible in the photos, the second one has a medium set and works well, I think the pom poms hold a lot of air and take some sinking, as i am only fishing shallow water didn't want too much weight, happy with the way it dances around on the bottom.
Will look up the book, thanks for the tip.

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Re: crab fly

#8 Post by oldyakker » Sun Apr 02, 2017 2:28 pm

Hi have you tried a small piece of lead or solder super glued to the top of the shank for faster sink. :?:

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Re: crab fly

#9 Post by arpie » Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:08 pm

Terrific looking fly! That'll catch anything from bream, flatties & whiting thru to Bonefish, I reckon! :wink:

WELL DONE! Did you use Pom Poms from a craft store?

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Re: crab fly

#10 Post by penguin » Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:06 pm

arpie wrote:Terrific looking fly! That'll catch anything from bream, flatties & whiting thru to Bonefish, I reckon! :wink:

WELL DONE! Did you use Pom Poms from a craft store?

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I did use pom poms from the local cheapo shop, cost a $1 for about 50 different colours but only really wanted the blue, can use the red and orange for glow bugs for trout i suppose.

Haven't had a chance to give it a go due to building project at my daughter's, will be at Harrington over Easter so hopefully it will get a run.

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Re: crab fly

#11 Post by arpie » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:19 pm

....will be at Harrington over Easter so hopefully it will get a run.....

Good luck!! Will you be in the yak?? Did you flatten the crab out a bit, or leave it fluffed??

I think I have a bag of them 'somewhere' .... just a matter of finding out 'where'! :lol:

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Re: crab fly

#12 Post by penguin » Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:21 pm

arpie wrote:....will be at Harrington over Easter so hopefully it will get a run.....

Good luck!! Will you be in the yak?? Did you flatten the crab out a bit, or leave it fluffed??

I think I have a bag of them 'somewhere' .... just a matter of finding out 'where'! :lol:

cheers

Roberta
I have a little sit on yak at my place at Coopernook that i use so I might get out on it, I have just left the fluff as it is, gives it a good profile, hopefully the weather is ok and the fish co-operate.

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