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Crayfish Flies

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Hoping for some warmer weather (preferably sooner than later) and a chance to get out after some smallies. I never really tied any crayfish flies but knowing that they are one of the SMB's favorite, figure I better try to get a few into my WW fly box.

Here is what I came up with just using different materials that I had on hand to produce a generic crayfish pattern. I may make a few changes but overall I think it should fish fairly well. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Posted on: 2013/3/23 14:10


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Looks good. Be careful. I tie a similar fly but have rubber legs. I thought it would be killer for smb,,, I had a guy test them for me. They caught 12a carp and one was 35#.

Posted on: 2013/3/23 17:12
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Cool! As you can see from my current Avatar I have no problem with that.

Posted on: 2013/3/23 17:32


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Yea, I'd say they'll get ya some smallmouth. Nice looking ties.

Posted on: 2013/3/23 17:46
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Yep - carp love crayfish flies.

To get some greater movement and lifelike action, try some rabbit strips for the claws. Shorter strips work better IMO.

Posted on: 2013/3/23 22:07


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Thanks Dave. I have some natural colored rabbit strip that I will try for the claws. Great idea.

Posted on: 2013/3/23 23:39


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I am a fan of marabou for claws and rubber legs for extra movement. The marabou sinks a little better than the strips IMO both will work and produce fish though

Posted on: 2013/3/24 6:53
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DC, they look really nice. What did you use for the tail? Can't tell from the pic. I don't put tails on my crayfish. For me I find they can be hard to tie on with out getting them caught in the leader. I have also found depending on what tail material is it can make the fly twist while fishing. I also don't think the fish care. IMO.
I am sure they will catch fish. Trout like crayfish as well.

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Posted on: 2013/3/24 8:52


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GenCon,

I used the tips of the largest feathers on a mottled brown hen neck for the tail. Tied it in behind the dumbbell eyes and pulled it back through to the desired length. I don't know what effect the tail may have on twisting the fly during the drift. I can see your point though it may act as a rudder which wouldn't be good. Thanks for the heads up.

dc

Posted on: 2013/3/24 9:03


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If you're looking for another material to make these out of I use bug skin to make them. ( or any other thin leather )They have worked well with bass when I use them.

Posted on: 2013/3/24 9:05
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Those will work just fine.

I usually keep a few different crayfish patterns in the box. Two that I like are Clouser's crayfish and May's crayfish. I use those two the most. Here are good step by step instructions for May's crayfish. May's Full Motion Crayfish

Posted on: 2013/3/24 9:25


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Was tying earlier in the week, and did a few of these in orange and olive. Can't wait to fish them. Thinking the claws are a little too big, but the action should be great. Can't remember the website I saw the pattern on... Nice ties DC!

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Posted on: 2013/3/24 14:28


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odizz,

Nice looking tie. There have been some great ideas and patterns shared on this thread. I was aiming at a pattern to ride hook up to minimize snags as the crayfish pattern obviously should be fished right on the bottom. Thanks to everyone for the feedback and ideas.

dc

Posted on: 2013/3/24 17:39


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Tying in lead dumbbell eyes at the eye of the hook (on top but what will be the bottom when fished)will get you what you're after. Are the ones you have tied in there working for ya?

Posted on: 2013/3/24 18:30

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This winter, I tied the Al Ritt's Fighting Crayfish. I am anxious to try these. I will try to post a link to the video.

http://www.theweeklyfly.com/TWF/2009/ ... s-fighting-crayfish-17-06

Posted on: 2013/3/24 19:05



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