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Old 10-11-2013, 09:47 PM
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When I was over on the North Platte the other day, I was fly fishing on this rock outcropping and there was a pretty thick weed matt right next to me and I noticed all these crawdad parts and pieces and was wondering if anyone knows what feeds on them this time of year?
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Then I noticed the same thing on the Green a couple days ago, but this time it was up on the rocks above a riffle, crawdad parts and pieces were strewn everywhere.
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Raccoons, it's there all time favorite meal...I like them too.

I guess it could be a big brown, suckin on them like sunflower seeds and spitting the hulls up on shore!

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River Otters.

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River Otters.

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That may make more sense, I was having trouble with them stacked in a pile like that, a raccoon will eat them right where he catches it so he can keep it wet.

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If there are that many crawdads you can bet the browns are eating them. Try any salt water shrimp pattern, just tie it in darker colors.
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For bass I like a number 4 or 6 long shanked streamer hook. I'm using Eagle Claw Aberdeen light wires at the moment. I tie a long brown marabou tail (so it flutters when you jig it), a body of skinny earthworm brown chenille, unpainted dumbbell eyes tied a third of the way back, just like a clouser, and a brown hackle collar. The deal is you let it sink (the fly will ride hook point up) and then bring it in in short slow strips with the odd jerk. Pull it up, and let it flutter back to the bottom. It emulates a crawdad backing away, with the marabou standing in for the claws. It works on reds, snook and bass, and its a stupidly easy tie.
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Gotta be coons, not sure there are many river otters in the north platte. Interesting blue coloration on the claws the those in the second pictures. Wonder if a crawdad pattern with blue on it might produce more strikes on the platte.
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Gotta be coons, not sure there are many river otters in the north platte. Interesting blue coloration on the claws the those in the second pictures. Wonder if a crawdad pattern with blue on it might produce more strikes on the platte.
Good question. They look almost like blue crab blue. But that my friend, is why God made sharpies.
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I know certain Birds will eat them as well.
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Racoons or River Otters, anyway it is interesting how they eat them either on shore or on the weed mats. That spot on the Green must be a 10 ft square area so they definitely have been chowing down on crawdads. Guess I need to find a good crawdad pattern. I always thought crawdads where more of a green color or an orange color depending on when they molt, but maybe the blue color is from the pieces sitting in the sun for a few days?????

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Default Re: Question about Crawdads

Raccoons, Otters & Mink will all eat craws, and leave piles of shell. When I was trapping those were the kinds of things I would look for to find the best places to set traps. If a pile is that large, it's probable that it may be several animals using the same spot, particularly Otters.
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