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brucerducer 03-19-2013 08:14 PM

Correct Me if I am wrong
Clouser Crayfish 8 Crawfish Crawdads | eBay

In the pattern pictured above, the small light colored (or white) hairs on the Underbody, accomplish the following:

(a) Create an impression of movement.

(b) Attract light, owing to their light (or White) coloration.

(c) Other

trout champ 03-19-2013 11:45 PM

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I would say it adds or creates the illusion of movement as they may imitate the legs and at the same time provides some segmentation that is found on a crawdads tail.


Guest1 03-20-2013 01:01 AM

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I agree with Trout champ. I think they kind of over did the antennae there a bit. I think I would have made the claws a tad beefier as well.

I'm kind of surprised that Clouser wouldn't design them to ride point up..... like a Clouser. :confused:

sandfly 03-20-2013 03:48 AM

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for one that is not a clouser crawfish !

brucerducer 03-20-2013 12:42 PM

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I've seen a lot of patterns that use the title "Clouser".

It seems to me that if they use the "dumbell" style metal eyes, they call it a "clouser".

Personally, I don't like the style termed "clouser". Those eyes add a lot of weight, and my experience shows me that lots of weight makes for difficulty casting.

How can we distinguish between the Clouser and Non-Clouser style?

When I want a lot of weight, I don't wrap the shank. I cut a 3/8" long piece of 14 Gauge Copper Wire and wrap it about 1/8" behind the eye of the hook,
in line with the shank, but usually opposite the Gap.
It can be covered with other material.

Of course, that's for streamers etc. For nymphs etc I do wrap the shank, although I've gotten to use copper wire mostly, instead of lead.



silver creek 03-20-2013 01:09 PM

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Not this:

But, this is the Clouser Crayfish I am familiar with. The one above does not look like the pattern Bob Clouser invented.

Peninsula Fly Fishers - Clouser Crayfish

Rip Tide 03-20-2013 01:18 PM

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Mr Clouser has 2 crayfish styles on his flyshop's website
One with the furry foam and the other with a feather back

dhayden 03-20-2013 01:19 PM

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He has more than one:

Clouser Crayfish, small with feather Back

Clouser Crayfish with Furry Foam cover

Here, I see the 1st one more often

ETA - RT beat me to it.. just saw his post...

silver creek 03-20-2013 02:25 PM

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I stand corrected. Thanks Rip Tide.

brucerducer 03-20-2013 04:54 PM

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Thanks SilverCreek.

Well, there's no arguing with your facts.
I did not even know there was a Mr. Clouser who created the pattern.

Clearly, some Fly Tiers are playing "fast and loose" with the term and that really mixes up our understanding.

I am glad that you know what you're talking about, because my knowledge is superficial at best on the subject.

Thanks for showing Bob Clouser the credit he deserves. I respect that.

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