Making The Best Shrimp and Crab Eyes: Backwater Vlog 18

best shrimp and crab eyes fly tying

“In this episode I show you exactly how I make my own shrimp and crab eyes for fly tying.” – Jesse Males

When it comes to making your own shrimp and crab eyes for fly tying it helps to keep the process as simple as possible, especially when you are making hundreds of them. Episode 18 of the Backwater Vlog answers a question I get from lots of people on instagram and facebook who want to know exactly how I make the glitter eyes that I use on my shrimp and crab flies…well…cats out of the bag now!


So as you can see, making your own shrimp and crab eyes is quite easy and once you have the process down you can really crank a bunch out quite quickly. One thing I didn’t mention in the video is that if you make them quickly and set them on a dinner plate then you can set them out in the sun for about 10 minutes and they become incredibly hard. This is a better option then sitting there for 20 minutes with a UV light trying to make sure they are solid all the way through.

I hope you guys enjoyed the video and it helps you get off the ground running when it comes to making your own shrimp and crab eyes for fly tying.

Tight lines!

Jesse Males


Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of as well as our online fly shop, The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

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