View Full Version : The Moose Mane Crayfish

04-14-2009, 03:03 AM
I tied these flies in 1981 or somewhere around then. I made a dozen of them in various color schemes and ended up giving most of them away but did loose two on the bottom also. You gotta admitt they look kinda real huh?


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I still have a couple, you can find tying instructions for tying then by Googling Moose Mane Crayfish. Pretty cool, I found the pattern in Fly Fisherman Magazine in September 1981 I think.

04-14-2009, 07:37 AM
Now thats a sweet crawdady.

04-14-2009, 07:59 AM
Wow, great stuff Ard.


04-14-2009, 09:08 AM
Thanks Ard! That'll be my new crayfish pattern: best I can remember seeing!

04-14-2009, 03:15 PM
Hey Frank,

No argument there Frank, they look like they can crawl around the bottom. I have a few stories about using these over the years. The cool thing is that with a little dye and some vinegar you can make these whatever color you need them to be for your area. Crayfish vary in color. The claws are treated with lacquer because I didn't know about Feather Tough back then.

If you don't know what ('Feather Tough' *TM), is send me a PM and I'll return the address to you.


Frank Whiton
04-14-2009, 03:50 PM
Hey Ard, that is a really nice tye. I will take a half dozen.


04-14-2009, 04:29 PM
Very nice looking crawdad!! What is the recipe? Is it all moose?

04-14-2009, 04:46 PM

Go online & Google "Moose Mane Crayfish" you will find the instructions there and they are pretty good.


04-14-2009, 08:38 PM
Man! That is a sweet lookin crawdad! I know a place where they would eat that up without hesitation! haha. Have to tie some of them babies!
Thanks for the post Ard!


Steelhead Junkie
04-15-2009, 02:57 PM
Nice tie!!!!! Just plain amazing. I noticed you didn't use the pheasent church window feathers. Do you need some?? I got a cache of 'em if you'd like 'em pm me.

04-15-2009, 06:10 PM
I remember tying them back then worked really well. I'll have to tie them again..been using clousers for years now. hen mallard works just as good as the pheasant feathers too. hm dying them bright colors for steel, now that's an idea..

04-17-2009, 02:00 PM

Dying is a good thing as the crayfish that live in the brooks near your home and those that live in the Loyalsock for instance have slightly different color in the carapace. When I traveled around the Northeast I found many different color phases of the crayfish and so began the dying of the hair in order to make a better facsimile.

These things worked well fishing small mouth bass in the West Branch of the Susquehanna also. Matter of fact I caught more bass than trout using the pattern.

Palmer Smallie
06-01-2009, 03:06 PM
Thats a nice fly...

Below is my Crayfish pattern I use for Muskie and BIG Smallieshttp://picasaweb.google.com/cweary1/STBPalmerCrabSG#5342422190131796402

06-02-2009, 10:18 AM
Ard, that is a nice looking tye, you Sir are a Master.


11-12-2009, 05:42 PM
Awesome tye!!!!!!