Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Attach the eyes with the pink thread about 1/3 of the way down the shank, Clouser Deep Minnow-style on the top of the hook.Alan Caolo
Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Lay a base of thread down the length of the hook shank, then tie in a clump of bleached elk hair behind the eyes and wrap over the hair down the length of the shank and slightly down on the bend so that hair points up when the fly is inverted. The elk hair should extend at least 1/2 inch past the last thread wrap. After the elk hair, tie in four strands of premarked Span-Flex. These should be about as long as the elk hair, but trim the outside two strands slightly shorter than the center strands.Alan Caolo
Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Tie in about 4 inches of a single strand of tan E-Z Bug Chenille and a single thin-stemmed ginger saddle hackle at the bend.Alan Caolo
Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Wrap the chenille and the hackle together (bumblebee-style) all the way to the eyes. Do not wrap the chenille first and then attempt to palmer the hackle over it - the hackle stem will trap the strands of the fuzzy chenille and leave an unfinished appearance. Flip the fly over in the vise and trim the hook-point side of the materials flat. Whip-finish and apply head cement to the trimmed chenille/hackle and the exposed thread around the eyes.Alan Caolo
Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Tying Skok's Blind Crab

Start the tan thread in front of the eyes. Poke the hook point through the hide of the zonker strip so that the hair flows rearward and tie it in just in front of the eyes. Leave about 1/3 inch of hide hanging behind the bend. Pull the hide taut and trim it at the appropriate length. Cut off the square tips at the forward end, just behind the tie-in point, to help create a smooth, tapered head. Whip-finish and apply head cement.Alan Caolo