Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saturday Night Fly Tying

I need a crab fly thats heavy, BIG, but one that has lots of stationary movement... This is what I came up with.  The Angry Crab (a reference to the mood by better half was in whilst I was tying it... she was painting her toenails too. So I added that in):

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I dont like the feeling of velcro.  So intstead I used some tan furry foam and stuck that on to some regular fly foam and then coloured with light brown markers.  Under it is a coil of 0.9mm lead.  You might be wondering what Im targeting with a 4 inch wide crab fly. Well.... these guys:




Locally called "Swart Pylies" or "Black Pylies" they are a short tailed black stingray.  You can sight cast to them in certain places.  They are however considered to be the strongest fish in the Southern African oceans.  I plan to turn a Tuna popping blank into a fly rod for the job.  Im not sure what craft to use just yet but at an average size of over 400lbs I reckon Ill be in for a good few hours of fight.  So far Im yet to talk to anyone that thinks its possible on fly... Going to have to use Owner bait hooks I reckon.

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