On Thursday, April 15th, under the direction of our own Fly Tying Chairman, Ken Prager, an expert fly tyer and frequent contributor, we tied Will’s Crab.
Will’s Crab was created to imitate small olive brown crustaceans typically found in dark bottom brackish saltwater. It has been productive for redfish in the Pamplico Sound NC, and Corpus Christi TX, as well as here in the Lowcountry. It has resided in the good side of my fly box since the 1980’s. Originally tied on a standard black up-eye hook as seen in the pix below. Now tied on a jig hook with better hookup success. – Ken
Will’s Crab Materials List
Hook – Umpqua x series model xs 506 BN sz 4 or 2
Eye – red with black pupil on sz med or small dumbbell
Tail – olive maribou
Flash – 1/64th flashabou
Body – olive brown dubbing
Rib – gold wire
Hackle – grizzly palmered over the body
Note: we will use a jig style hook not shown in pix
Weed guard – your choice
Remember: Tiers of all levels are welcome from beginner to expert. If you are so equipped, don’t forget a craft light and your tying gear. There is no fee required for participation. We encourage tiers to seek out the listed materials at their favorite fly shop. However, we have an adequately stocked “club box” to supplement the tiers’ supplies. For beginners, we also have a number of tying vises and craft lights for your use. Show support for your club by marking your calendar for the third Thursday of every month to attend fly tying at the Port Royal Sound Foundation’s Classroom.
Questions? Contact Ken at 610-999-9897