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Old 12-18-2010, 08:33 AM
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Can anyone help me out with how to tie a mini crayfish? I've attempted them but never had any luck with getting them to look realistic, Please Help!!
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I normally just use a woolybugger, but I like these too
Just don't make the claws as large as the ones in the demo.
The originator, Will Ryan, was very specific about that in his book Smallmouth Strategies for the Fly Rod

RYAN?S Soft Shell Crayfish | Fly Recipe | The Fly Bench
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It's funny you should mention this, as we have a crayfish fly swap going on right now on the site. Here is my pattern that I've worked out.

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Claws: Brown Bucktail
Body: Rust dubbing
Legs: Black Saddle Hackle
Shell: Mottled Orange Thin Skin
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This is my favorite crawfish tie
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Not at all small, but I haven't found that I need them to be smaller than a #6 or #8
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Ill be posting a step by step for this one in the tying forum (under share patterns) after I have the photos on the laptop.

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Here's the pattern I came up with;
Dan's Crayfish <- Link
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Hey guys, I notice a lot of crayfish patterns are hook up, is this so they do not snag the bottom, and are you weighting them on the top side of the hook to make them fish this way?

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Default Re: Crayfish Pattern

I put my weight on the top of the shank to make them ride hook point up

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Hey guys, I notice a lot of crayfish patterns are hook up, is this so they do not snag the bottom, and are you weighting them on the top side of the hook to make them fish this way?

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If you look at my post right above yours, there is a link to my recipe. In it you see where I take 2" of .030 lead wire, fold it in fourths and tie it on top of the hook shank. The claws being splayed out and the tail pushing the eye up over stuff along with the point riding up makes this about the most snag proof fly I ever tied.

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molting crayfish - Google Search

note the pale coloration of soft shelled craws, a favorite when crayfish is on the fish's menu. Smaller craws are eaten readily whether or not they have recently molted so that's not a real big thing but I've found the pale bluish grey coloration pays off. One way to get a bit of flex in your fly is to tie the head on a hook shaft, then use a coupler to attach it to a small shanked, wider gap tail hook. I do like the eyes, or weight on the top of the hook as you need the snag proofing that a point riding up fly affords.
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