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    Default Lead eye trick for crawfish

    Have you ever used those special flat lead weights for tying crawfish patterns? I have have found a great alternative it is a quick and easy solution if your local fly shop doesn't carry them. **Plus they're better!!!





    I flatten out regular un-painted lead barbell eyes with an old tack hammer. I place a quarter on my desk and put one barbell eye in the center and hammer it out to a thickness just bigger than the bridge between the eyes. The quarter spreads out the blow of the hammer and keeps my desk form getting torn up.



    It is easier to tie in the lead eyes in because of the narrower bridge in the center. Your thread wraps are tighter and there is less of a chance that the weight will roll out of place. Not only is it better it is also a cheaper alternative!


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    Default Re: Lead eye trick for crawfish

    I met the guy who posted these flys today at a Dicks in WV. The way he does these eyes is the bomb. He gave me a couple and let me tell you they are the real deal! Welcome to the forum Ryan. Pleasure meeting you today!
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    Default Re: Lead eye trick for crawfish

    what advantages do the flat eyes have over round other than rolling around?

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    Default Re: Lead eye trick for crawfish

    I'm going to guess at this one; they look more like the tail of a crayfish

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    Default Re: Lead eye trick for crawfish

    Tried this fly out tonite . With the flatttened eyes it moves straight through water like the way crays and shrimp scoot backwards. Not jerky at all like the minnow motion of a standard Clouser . Has a cool motion.
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    Default Re: Lead eye trick for crawfish

    Now that's a neat idea; a new one to me.
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    Default Re: Lead eye trick for crawfish

    if a clouser is tied right it swims to, not jerky action. to many tiers commercial and private tie the lead in to close to the eye. it should be tied in at least a 1/3 shank back from eye. thats how bob did it..make it swim not jig..
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    Default Re: Lead eye trick for crawfish

    I think the flatter eyes impart more of a gliding action to the fly. It may or may not actually be effective. At the very least I think it is a nice finish for a craw pattern. I believe fishing in general is all about your confidence in skill and equipment. If I think my fly looks cool (subconsciously) I will fish it better.

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    Default Re: Lead eye trick for crawfish

    Looks great! Really cool idea. The only thing I would do if I were being really anal about tying my flies (the fish won't care) is to paint the lead after flattening out so it blends in with the rest of the fly.

    Still, that looks like a fish catching machine.

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