I’ve tied a number of different variations of what I call the Black Cracker shrimp/Mud prawn over the last week or so and have eventually ended up with this version courteous of some well-directed help from Leroy Botha. Out of the two different types found along our shore line I’d go with the Black Cracker every time if I was bait fishing as the Grunter love this critter over the lighter version. Anyway I made an SBS for this pattern which am sure many of you can play around with and improve on.
Step 1: Take a #4 or # 6 Mustad streamer hook and make a slight bend from just in front of the hook point. Place in vice and add two small strips of 1,5mm lead wire to just behind the hook eye.
Step 2: Take a small sprig of 10 to 15 deerhair tips and tie on top of the hook shank near the hook bend.
Step 3: Cut two small strips of 2.5 mm brown foam 10 mm x 3 mm and a piece similar to the shape I’ve cut here for the carapace.
Step 4: Take the two strips of foam and place one on either side of the hook shank (Top/Bottom) and attach with loose wraps trying not to flatten the foam completely.
Step 6: Make two eyes and attach to either side of the head area. Use the smallest diameter you can work with as these mud prawns have really small eyes anyway. I used 5x Rio Powerflex.
Step 5: Cut six pieces of micro Tan chenille 45mm long. Carefully take a lighter and shrink them down by running the flame over the chenille without burning it through.
Step 7: Take one of the singed legs and cut in half. Place a piece on either side of the shank. Keep these ones a little longer as they will be the pincers/claws. Take a second piece of singed chenille and cut in half. Fold each of these pieces in half and attach to either side of the shank. Try have them tied in facing as forward as you can.
Step 8: Take squirrel dubbing and make a dubbing rope around your thread and then make a ball in front of the side legs. I used a Grey/Brown bled
Step 9: Tie on the shaped piece of foam to form the Carapace.
Step 10: Make another dubbing rope and wrap around the foam as close to the foam carapace as possible. Then Attach the next set of legs on directly behind the dubbing ball like so.
Step 11: Run your thread back to directly in front of the dubbing ball and cover the rest of the shank with dubbing using the same dubbing rope technique.
Step 12: Take some winging material and cut a strip 8mm by 30mm long. I used Mottled Tan web wing. Run your thread down the length of the shank to the carapace. Then attach the web wing while running the thread back down towards the hook eye. Whip finish….sorted!
Step 13: Take a UV Resin of your choice and coat over the web wing.
This is what it looks like under water. with bending the hook slightly ad adding the foam it now keeps the hook point more elevated out of the sand. Hope this SBS helps in some way..