How to Tie Sportsman Readers’ Special Flies
Alien Crab for Striped Bass
Submitted by Victor Trodella
Thread: Fine clear monofilament.
Hook: Umpqua U401, size 1/0
Weight: Non-toxic dumbbell eyes (large, ¼” dia.).
Crab eyes: Hareline mono crab eyes brown. ENC40
Crab Claws: EP Crab Claw (brown, large). OCC-CC-BRL
Legs: Hareline Grizzly Barred rubber legs (olive/medium). GRM263
Bottom Shell (underbody): EP Tarantula Brush 1” (sculpin color). OBU-TA1-SC
Top Shell: EP Crustaceous Brush 1 ½” (Olive for a darker green, or Everglades green for a lighter green).
- With hook pointing down, wrap shaft with mono thread to provide a base for materials.
- Tie in dumbbell eyes close to hook eye and on opposite side from hook point. Criss-cross wrap & parachute wrap to anchor dumbbell eyes; add glue at tie-in point.
- Starting at dumbbell eyes, tie mono eyes (start with full length mono & trim later) one at a time to each side of hook, wrap tightly. Finish each mono eye by bending mono to sides, and secure with 3 wraps at forward edge of each mono eye. Put head cement at dumbbell eyes and hook shank over mono stems.
- Tie a pre-fab pair of EP crab claws near the bead chain and secure one claw to each side of fly as you wrap toward mono eyes at front of fly. Crab claws should extend to the mono eyes or a bit longer.
- Tie in 3 rubber legs at top of fly, make a V-shape with the legs and secure them carefully to make sure 3 legs extend out to each side. Rotate vise and get the legs where you want them.
- Put a little strip of Zap-Goo on shank between legs and bead chain
- Cut a 3/4” long piece of EP Tarantula Brush and tie onto top of hook against bead chain. Criss-cross wrap thread to get brush end in between beads.
- Rotate the fly so the point is up in the vise.
- Put a little strip of Zap-Goo on shank between legs and bead chain on this side of the fly.
- Trim the EP Crustaceous Brush to resemble a crab shell shape (sparse is better than dense). Tie in at the bead chain with fibers pointing toward hook bend. Criss-cross thread over bead chain and whip finish.
- Position the rubber legs where you want them now. Press top and bottom shells together with flat pliers and hold for a moment. Add head cement at bead chain and knot. Clear hook eye.
- Trim rubber legs to desired length.
Submitted by Victor Trodella
Thread: Fine clear monofilament for the body & the wing, then red thread for the head
Hook: Tiemco TMC 300 or Mustad R74-9672 2XH/4XL (sizes 4-8)
Body: Sparkle Braid/Over Pearl (SBO) 08-Flourescent Pink
Wing: Thin white zonker strip extended 3/8” beyond bend of hook (longer for stripers)
Collar: Two turns of zonker strip around hook shank
Head: Red thread over monofilament head
Fall salmon and trout like the action that imitates many baitfish.
Smallmouth and striped bass love it, too.
Use a stainless steel hook with a monofilament loop under the longer tail for stripers
Hook: size 10-12 Streamer Hook
Thread: Black 6/0
Eyes: Yellow Dumbbell (small)
Tail: Dark-green Marabou
Rib: Gold (brassie size)
Body: Dark-olive Chenille
Hackle: Dark-olive Saddle Hackle
Tying Notes: Tie as you would a Wooly Bugger but with eyes. Secure dumbbell eyes about 1/4 of the hook shank behind the eye. Leave room to tie off materials and build a tapered nose. Tie the eyes on top of the hook and use figure eight wraps first, and then wraps under the eyes to tighten. Add a few drops of Crazy Glue for added strength.
Hook: Mustad3665A streamer hook, sizes 10-14
Tail: Red wool
Body: Yellow floss
Rib: Silver Tinsel
Wing: White bucktail topped with peacock herl