|The following is from chapter 6 in the book Tying Contemporary Saltwater Flies:
|The Rockin' Crab
tied by Captain Russ Shirley
St. Petersburg, Florida
The Rockin' Crab is tied with a hard, rounded bottom that allows the fly to actually rock back and forth. I placed Capt. Shirley's fly on both hard and soft surfaces, and it rocked and moved like a real crab. Capt. Shirley uses his realistic Rockin' Crab to catch redfish when sight fishing over hard or soft bottoms. Note that the eyes, antennae, claws, and legs are glued to the bottom of the body.
|Hook: Regular saltwater hook, sizes 6 and 4.
Thread: Black flat-waxed nylon.
Lead eyes: Small dumbbell eyes.
Body: Brown adhesive felt pads (one pad is placed on each side of the fly and clipped to shape). Coat the bottom of the body with 30-minute epoxy mixed with black hobby enamel. Place the eyes, antennae, claws, and legs in the wet epoxy.
Eyes: Melted monofilament.
Antennae: Black and rootbeer Krystal Flash.
Claws: Brown hackle tips.
Legs: Sili Legs (black with red flecks).
|More Info on the Rockin' Crab
|It's really not accurate to say that you tie the Rockin' Crab. That's because you'll use more construction than tying techniques for crafting this pattern. Aside from tying on the dumbbell eyes and tail, everything else is glued to the fly. Is this a big deal? I don't think so; it's a very efficient way to work, and epoxy creates a very durable pattern.
There are a lot of crab patterns, but I selected the Rockin' Crab for two reasons. First, every angler should carry a smattering of crab flies when fishing the flats. The Rockin' Crab, which can be tied in a variety of colors, is fairly realistic and easy to make. Second, as the name implies, the Rockin' Crab has a neat rocking motion when twitched along the bottom. This movement mimics the standing and walking movement of a real crab. Do the fish the idea? I don't know, but it's very inventive and I think you'll want to make at least a couple of Rockin' Crabs.
The body of the Rockin' Crab is made out of two round adhesive-backed felt pads. These pre-cut pads come in brown and tan, and one package often contains pads in a couple of crab like sizes. Capt. Shirley used brown pads on the sample fly he sent to me, so I selected the same material. You might want to use tan felt pads for making crabs for fishing primarily over sand flats, and you can color the tan pads with an olive permanent marker to create olive Rockin' Crabs.
|Hook: Regular saltwater hook, sizes 4 and 2.
Thread: Size A, color to match the felt body
Eyes: Small dumbbell eyes.
Tail: Strand of Krystal Flash
Body: Two round adhesive-backed felt pads.
Eyes: Melted 25-pound-test clear monofilament.
Legs: Six strands of rubber legs, color to match the body. Tie a knot in the middle of each strand to create the leg joints.
Claws: Two hackles, color to match the body.