Monday, 6 March 2017


Picture of Yabbies from web

Some time ago, a friend send me a picture asking can I tie a Crawfish / Crayfish which locally call Yabbies 

 So I took my old crayfish patter - Furry foam crayfish
 put in some fur and dubbing to give it bit more 'life' and action with more buggy look... replacing the chenille legs with soft sililegs which move very well when strip... 

 Material list :

Orvis saltwater hook size 2 - 1/0
dumbbell or bead chain depend on the size on the hook
lead wire
100lbs mono
Centipede leg - Small
Ice pearl dubbing
Rabbit zonker
Mono eye
Furry foam
Semperfli dubbing - olive, pale blue or any colour to match 
Wolf fur
waterproof markers
Loon soft head

 Preparing the craws for Yabbies
 Cut small pcs of Rabbit zonker, trim the fur and cut the shape of the pincer... tie it down in section as shown in the picture

Color the craws with waterproof marker to match with the species in your area.

Tying the Yabbies
Step by step picture tying instruction

 Bend the hook near the eye and prepare the thread base

 Tie in the beadchain or dumbbell,.. widen the hook shank with 100lbs mono
 Tie in some lead wire if you need to ( depend on the hook size )

Tie in the silileg at the curve of the hook as the antenna

 Tie in some UV Ice pearl  dubbing and the small centipede legs ( colour red ) 

Turn the hook over, tie in the furry foam
 Tie in the mono eye

 Tie in some Semperfli dubbing pale blue or light grey 

 Tie in the Craws / Pincers

 Tie in the legs

Dub in some dubbing to split the legs 

 Turn the hook over and bring the thread to the eye, tie in 2 loops with silileg

 Tie down the furry foam

 Tie in some Wolf fur on the head / thorax

Tie in a rubber leg and wind in dubbing on the body

 Wind in the rubber legs

 Now take some dubbing material to create the tail's fins 

 Color it with waterproof markers

 Brush out some dubbing fibers

 Highlight the edge with marker

The yabbies is ready.

Cheers and happy tying...

Monday, 20 February 2017



Few years back, when I was fishing in Maldives... one of my buddy caught a big GT on a really shinny crab pattern...  and the best thing is.. that shinny crab pattern landed many bonefish and different species in Maldives.
since that day, I've been wondering ... why..??? No answer..
Maybe they like to go disco... 😂 

Found one of this tubing which was sent to me by Deer Creek in the drawer the other day, and immediately I know I found the right material for my own 'Bling Bling' Shinny crab pattern.. 

Wooooow.. lets go party... it's DISCO time..!!

Material List: 

Flexibody Tube - Deer Creek
Rubber legs
Crabby eye or any mono epoxy eye
ICE Dubbing and Rabbit fur -hot spot and some movement
Zonker strip leather - as the pincer
Gamakatsu SL12S size 2
 long and fine Dubbing from Semperfli as base

Picture step by step tying instructions

 Prepare the thread base, tie in the dumbbell

 Tie in some ICE dubbing

 Tie in the Flexibody tubing

 Tie in some Rabbit fur

 Tie in a pair of eye

 Tie in the pincer

 Turn over and tie in some orange colour dubbing ( as eggs )

 Now tie in the 1st pair of rubber legs
 Turn it over again and tie in the base colour in V tie technique

 Tie in the 2nd pair of rubber legs

 Repeat the above steps with the rubber legs and base dubbing

 View from below with all the rubber legs tie in

 Now spread the tubing and flattens it and tie it down near the hook eye
 Trim the tubing and the bubbing

 Drop some UV resin and dry it with UV light, this will help fix your legs position

Apply a thin coat of UV resin to the edge on the tubing to fix the shape

and it's ready to party...

Playing with different base colour, you can create different colour or crab pattern that suit to the party mood... 😂😂😂

Cheers and have fun tying...

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Smelt . v2


This is my second Smelt pattern... 

A friend send me a photo of Smelt in his river asking can I tie this little minnow as small as 4cm... 

So... the challenge is on..!! 
After many attempt... from 5cm... slowly size it down to 4cm.. 

for this version... I have put in marabou as tail, plus a little bit of Oposum fibers to keep the marabou in place... playing with UV ICE Pearl dubbing as the belly and Pearl lateral line with some UV enhancer fiber 

It's not a difficult fly pattern but the size make it tough as you will need to minimized the material for 5-6cm when you tie smaller size.

Material list:

Size 10 hook 
White marabou + Grey Marabou -for swimming tail
Oposum fibers - additional fibers to enhance the marabou
UV enhancer fiber - enhance the lateral line
Pearl Lateral line - as lateral line
PRISM ICE Pearl - as belly
Mega dub - for head profile
2mm dia epoxy eye
Loons soft head 
UV resin

Picture step by step tying instruction :

 Prepare the thread base, tie in some white marabou fibers 

 Tie in some UV ICE Pearl dubbing as the belly

Tie in the UV enhancer

 fold back the fibers

 Add on some grey marabou

 Tie in some Oposum fibers

 tie in the mega dub and UV ICE peral dub

 fold back bothe fibers, comb it to the back

 Tie in the Pearl lateral line

 Highlight the fibers with marker

 drop a small drop a epoxy, stick the eye on

coat the head profile with loons soft head

Coat with UV resin