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Ard
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?

http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/gg406/Hardyreels/Bears%20and%20Stuff/5afcb9bf.jpg

2099Click image to enlarge;

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.

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

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

mark

FrankB2
04-14-2009, 09:08 AM
Thanks Ard! That'll be my new crayfish pattern: best I can remember seeing!

Ard
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.

Ard

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

Frank

tgoodwater2002
04-14-2009, 04:29 PM
Very nice looking crawdad!! What is the recipe? Is it all moose?

Ard
04-14-2009, 04:46 PM
T,

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

Ard

HookEmHorns
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!

HookEmHorns

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.

sandfly
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..

Ard
04-17-2009, 02:00 PM
Sand,

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

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

Dan

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