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Suggestions for Crayfish Claws


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#1 Elder

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 10:41 AM

Not a fan of rabbit strips.  Other ideas?

Thanks



#2 artimus001

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 11:01 AM

i've seen brown soft hackle hen feathers used.


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#3 ihang10

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 11:41 AM

I have some soft hackle feathers that have some "curve" to them that I've been considering. I think they're grouse.

#4 artimus001

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 12:04 PM

another material you could try is squirrel tail.


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#5 denduke

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 12:11 PM

I use double pheasant w/notch on da brown ones, peacock flanks notched on da green ones, black are from duck breast notched I believe....
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Drib, some chenniel /hackle for legs and body, melted mono for eyes, the same deer hair stretches from tail out front for antenna w/drib wrapped over for segmented tail. And da claws...
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#6 denduke

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 12:30 PM

Maybe better pic
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#7 Kentuckysteve

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 02:33 PM

Great job denduke.Those are pretty amazing.


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#8 ditz2

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 03:03 PM

Squirrel Zonkers also work well especially for smaller flies and not near as heavy as Rabbit.



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Posted 02 August 2015 - 10:51 AM

If you have a duck, turkey, quail, pheasant or partridge skin look at the body feathers.  I have seen tiers that coat them with fleximent and they look great dry but not so much wet.

 

For small crayfish or crab imitations take two strands of that tight micro chenile and tie a knot. Trim the claw and melt it wit a lighter to prevent it from un raveling. 

 

The two pictures are crabs but you get an idea. The first is a silicon rubber pincher, the second is chenile. 

 

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Reds love the crabs BTW.


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#10 denduke

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:49 AM

Thanks for the tip. What are the bodies?
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#11 denduke

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:51 AM

Haven't posted in days but had to wait 12 seconds then the double post. WTF?
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#12 agn54

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 06:04 AM

Another thing I have seen on crabs that could work on craws is velvet strips or even shammy cut to shape.



#13 tidewaterfly

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 09:08 AM

My preference is still the fur strips, not just rabbit, and I only add one because fish can't count.

 

Cree or variant grizzly/chinchilla hackle works. Both rooster & hen hackle has it's uses. It's popular on saltwater patterns, and works as well on crawfish.

 

Agree too with agn54, chamois works also. smile.png



#14 agn54

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 11:26 AM

oops, obviously spelling is not my forte, but that one was pretty embarrassing 



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Posted 03 August 2015 - 05:26 PM

i use thicker chenille.  patons bohemian chenille and a thinner version michaels loop and thread brand  mink yarn    I melt both ends of a section and tie it on in the middle  then wrap another around a leg halfway thenback over it to the hook, then the other side.  the thicker thigh portion keeps it from fouling .      rich mc