-- Place hook in vice. Tie in thread behind hook eye, and build
a light foundation, ending at the bend of the hook.
2 -- Cut a piece of Corsair tubing approx.
1/4- to 1/2- inch in length. Squeeze and compress one end and secure
it at the bend. Lift the front end of tubing out of the way, and
wrap the up the shank, ending at the hook eye. Squeeze and compress
tubing at the other end, and tie it off at the head. Compressing
and tying down the ends of the tubing causes a slight air pocket.
Remember that this is not a floating fly, per se, but is more of
a "suspending fly," that sinks ever so slowly.
3 -- Burn the ends of a piece of 100-pound-test
monofilament for the eyes. Color the eyes black, either by dipping
them in a paint or with a marker. Cut the eyes off, leaving stems
that are about one-quarter of an inch long. Slip the stems into
openings in the Corsair mesh.
4 -- Cut four lengths of Silly Legs material.
Thread each length through the tubing, diagonally, so you end up
with four "legs" on each side of the pattern for a total of eight.
Put a tiny drop of the CA glue at each junction and on eye stems.
5 -- Built-up some EZ-Shape Olive on the
top to create a small dome shape, and fill in the bottom of the
pattern with EZ-Shape Sparkling Yellow. Let the pattern dry. When
the EZ-Shape is firm, put a small orange mark in the center of the
bottom to imitate an egg sack ("sponge").
Editor's Note -- To strengthen the EZ-Shape
and give it a bright appearance, coat with a clear nail polish or
6 -- If you like, use the marking pens to
stipple the shell and legs to create a mottled appearance.
-- Try fishing two crab patterns at the same time with a dropper
Frank Abbate ties professionally under
the Island Saltwater Flies label and is the current president of
the Salty Flyrodders of New York. You can contact him via e-mail