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FLY TYING with Common Household Materials
I haven't read it, but I tie hundred of patterns with common house hold materials.  Plastic baggies: they come in lots of colors, and little strips can be twisted and made into great nymph bodies
What do you think of this crayfish?
looks good, but I think it will do better dead drifted than stripped.     Big problem with almost ALL of our crayfish flies is that they are far too skinny compared to a real crayfish.&
Most beautiful place I've ever fished.
Amazingly, crayfish can be so fast to respond to the lifting of a rock, they are gone in the turbulence and you miss them.  Or they are in deeper water.  Inconsequential ... Just wondering o
Freshwater drum
Staying in Alabama this summer with a friend, we went down to the river yesterday( I don't even remember the name.) and did some fishing. I started with a rat l trap and almost immediately had a hit.
Very weird smallmouth fishing
I've seen instances in several places of -what seems to be- abnormally high numbers of dead crayfish.  USUALLY this is around the period of molting, which at least around here (Pennsylvania) is a
Wanting to give up..
Nick,   I would have to agree with williamhj -- it sounds like you might not be getting down to where the fish are. Hardware is almost always going to outfish flies when the fish are holding deep
Question for Smallmouth 'Experts'
So one of lakes I fish frequently was illegally stocked with smallmouth bass a few years ago. Since then their population has grown and spread. Currently most local anglers, guides, and the DIF&W
Squirrel Family
Those will work!   I like using Squirrel tail too, particularly Pine or Fox squirrel. The natural rusty red colors work great for crayfish imitations in that fly style. I also like natural Red Fo
Im in need of an insect
were you fishing Lake Minnewanka? There is crayfish in Whitecourt which is in northern Alberta. I go there to fish for fat stocked rainbows and fish for the crayfish as a bonus. They are exactly like
Carp Flies???
Tie up a few flies like you already have in rust/burnt orange/orange combinations especially that last one that's pictured. If you have any larger scud hooks (size 8) or other curved hooks look up Ega
first flies
awww, you just want some love ... good patterns; the top will perform as a good crayfish pattern for smallmouth, trout as well.  White streamer = good for smallies.  Don't know how big the n
Flies for smallmouth bass
Sugar Creek is a nice little stream and you should enjoy your time on the water. Fish or no fish.....3/8" poppers, crayfish, baitfish,....I would take some blind squirrels for small crayfish and nymph
Orange CDC
orange is a great, versatile color.  use it in crayfish patterns, for claws, eggsack. Do a caddis emerger using only one or two orange cdc feathers.  use as tail and hackle in poppers use in
Squimp
One of my favorite patterns! As stated the body can be different materials. I believe the original recipe was simply chenille, but I also like a dubbed body. The dubbing method nor the materials used
Here you are MikeChell
Oooooo!  I like that.  I am not sure it looks like a minnow ... kind of looked like two, at times.  Also kind of looked like a crayfish.  I think a fish is going to go through the
from the early days
I keep going back to the second picture, second row on left, crayfish on far right. I keep thinking that thing has to make the other flies uncomfortable. That is one of the nicest ties I have ever loo
Closer Minnows
Chartreuse and white are killer for bass in my local rivers. Also anything brown, orange, olive or crayfish colored seem to do well.
Do you use "scent" on your flies ?
There's an old bottle of Cortland May Fly scented dry fly spray on the fly tying bench that I thought was a waterproofing floatant at the time . Don't think it made any difference in catch ratio.
Pan Fish Forumula - Input
Just my thoughts after 45 years of chasing warmwater fish. Mostly sunfish family. I always start on the surface with a yellow craft foam size 10 spider or popper. It is easy for this old feller to see
Rock bass/Goggle eye fishing
We've got those here in Central Florida ... and I remember catching those in Indiana, too.  Like a lot of panfish, they can be had where ever you catch freshwater fish.  There are three thin
Few patterns vs. Allot of patterns.
Tying is relaxing, a zen thing.  I enjoy work with my hands and don't have a workshop, so ...   My fishing approach tends toward shamelessly simple.  Warm water - bass/bluegill: one bot
Its driving me crazy
Having trouble getting to sleep again?   I remember one day, several years ago, fishing the Davidson River  near Brevard NC.  The dogwoods were finished blooming, and were dropping thei
Recent Walleye, Pike and Small Mouth Flies
Looks good, only place i fished close is Lake Of The Woods, which honestly has some of the best smallie action i ever experienced. I might add some crayfish type patterns to the box :)
Trying to make reaper tails
Not familiar with the fly or the tail material but a material called Bugskin that Chuck Furimsky markets sounds similar. It is available in a variety of colors and patterns. I have played with it a li
Fly collection
Wow!  Those are some really nice flies !!!  I love the frog and the crayfish !!!  Looks like a killer stonefly, too.   I am going back to read the original post ... glad everything
Florida Bass Flies?
Going to Florida in March, and was wondering what are some good bass flies. I am a die hard trout guy, and most of the flies in my box, would be eaten by the flies I need to tie for bass.   I tie
Don't use anything bigger than a size #20
I've seen it in several places.... the Yellow Breeches close to home is one where the local (and not so local) self-styled aristocracy come to angle.   This time of year there are often tiny
Pheasant Crab
Played around some more, think that the combination of the hooks I am using and the pheasant feather shell backs are causing the flip of the fly. When I removed the pheasant feathers and replaced them
COOLEST FLY YOU EVER MADE??
I tie flies to fish so they arent real high in "cool" factor, other than my crayfish, I think it is pretty neat.   For cool flies do a search for Graham Owen and Pat Cohen.  Graham ties amaz
"Self Dying" Materials....
I've dyed a lot of materials over the years and started experimenting with dyeing simply because I got tired of the available "fly shop" colors. There just wasn't enough variety.     Rit has
New guy from the midwest.
Welcome, you definitely have a good start.  Clouser minnows are a very popular pattern.  Olive and chartreuse  are good additions to your BuckTail color selection.  The good old wo
A crabby question
I believe that the "claws" are important in that the movement attracts fish on the saltwater flats, and trout & SMB in coldwater as crayfish.   Bill
I'm about ready to go back to nightcrawlers.
Yea, I always have to laugh at these species specific line designs.  Take Rio's Smallmough specific line design.  If it's going to be ideal for tossing small to medium size light weight popp
December 2013 Swap Club
Going to try the Foxee Red Clouser, which is supposed to imitate a softshell crayfish. 
Whitlock's Nearnuff Shad
Does anyone know where to find the recipe for Whitlock's Nearnuff Shad?  I have found recipes for the crayfish and the sculpin, but not the shad.  I saw an article about inland striper fishi
Kenduardo's Sonic MicroMink Baits
SUMMARY Kenduardo’s Sonic MircoMink Bait has been used mostly in still water conditions; pattern is slow sinking- almost neutral buoyancy, will fish well on sinking tip or full sink lines;  
Fly box meltdown
I tie too many flies. I have seven or eight boxes in my vest. I have three saltwater boxes and two bass and panfish boxes. I arrange them periodically and I cull them out. I mail flies to friends. I m
November flies from the vise
Technically its Furry Foam ;)  my crayfish is the result of Galloup's and Clouser's crayfish mating and having a love child.
2014 January Bait Fish Swap
I have all but two sets to get. Christopher K and captain are not here yet. I'm going to PM them and give them a few days. If I don't hear from them I will ship without them.    Mike I
Articulated streamers: front hook or back hook?
This may not be true for all fish, but I have NEVER seen a bass (largemouth or small) take a streamer head first. They nearly always strike from behind or occasionally from the side. That being said,
favorite materials
The streamer material that I probably use most has got to be rabbit strips (or Zonker strips as they're also known). I love them because the hair wiggles and breathes and undulates so seductively
Crawfish Colors
Here where I live in Illinois/Indiana most all the natural crayfish are an olive/grey in coloration, not surprising which blends in with the rivers bottom.
New water, no info, what would you tie?
Bunny leeches, various colors - size 12, 6, 2, 3/0 Clousers - yellow over white, and my rainbow - size 6, 2, 3/0 articulated hollow streamers - red/white, minnow and firetiger - size 4/0 and 6/0 sculp
October Flies from the Vise
Next month (9th & 10th) is the Irish Fly Fair in Galway. I'm tying on the Virtual Nymph stand so I've been tying these in preparation. Nymph Skin Dragonfly Nymph [attachment=43687:VN Flees_0003.jp
Primitive1 September 2013 bench results...
One last thing, though I didn't realize it, the weighting of the crayfish flies actually resembles a crawfish 'in berry', another 'plus' I really wasn't expecting but came to realize later...
Anyone tie with India/Chinese necks?
Chinese capes are usually larger than India capes, so they work well for larger streamers & hackle on poppers & bass bugs. I like to keep some Cree or variant India necks in my collection, as
Good day out but need help
  I agree with everyone about working those undercuts, but I wouldn't ignore the middle of the stream either.  You never know what could be on the prowl and a good streamer or crayfish patte
Allens hooks
I am on good terms with them. I am set up with vip pricing because of my tying business. If you ever have an issue, contact info@allenflyfishing.com this is Justin the owners email. He is a great guy
MFC Craw Daddy
I think this will catch a lot of fish.  Definitely mimics a crayfish and everything will try to eat a crayfish. Since I fully believe the fish don't truly care ... my only criticism is just for d
How High Should the Jaws of my Vise Be?
Some really good ideas there Mike, but to REALLY tie flies as the fish see them, you AND your vise MUST be underwater.  To do this, I have started tying in the pool.  You can also tie in the
Carolina tickers
I've used the brass & glass for fishing plastic baits. I've read that the sound produced is supposed to be very close to the sound crayfish produce when moving along rock or gravel bottoms. Don't
Is color another exploited characteristic.
Hey if you are 'fly fishing' for great lakes trout you will find a whole load of use without touching a bead ever, or an egg. I was waiting for you to post some specifics wether it was offshore, flats
Clouser Minnow vs Murdich Minnow
Hi Tidewater. Is your Clouser Crayfish any different than his? I love nearly all of his patterns, but the crayfish is too static. I'd like something with more movement. Does yours impart anymore actio
Articulated Crustacean
I bought some round nosed pliers to make parts for lures and flies; all I've made so far, is this articulated fly shank. [attachment=42269:Articulated_GhostWhisperer-2-2.jpg]   I tied a few Q's G
No Name Hairwings
Frank, those are wonderful! Look a bit "crayfish" like to me. I could see them working well on trout or stream Smallmouths here in my area. 
Jig hooks, Overlooked?
I use them for crayfish to get the hook to ride up and give good movement.
In need of fly rod advice
I wouldn't try to throw more than one of those tiny bluegill poppers with a 3-wt. I fish for smallmouth quite frequently and never use anything lighter than a 6-wt., and I usually overline that with a
mono eyes
For large eyes I go to the cake decorators! They have stamen for making flowers around. They make great large eyes and don't cost a lot. Here they are on my VN crayfish.   Other than these I use
FF for carp
Anyone FF for carp? I was fishing a local pond the other night. There was a ton of large carp. They where just moving around the surface. Sometimes looked like they were sipping air. I have caught a f
A challenge to all of you (with a prize!)
Ok, a few weeks back I got an order from a friend, and I just can't figure out how to do it, so I want you guys to invent me something. He want's a cross between an ostrich intruder (look for mine in
Smallmouth bass patterns?
Lefty's Deceiver   Clouser Deep Minnow   Half and Half   Woolly Bugger   In various sizes and colors, a person could successfully fish for smallmouths in any river, any time, with
Smallmouth Bass patterns? help plz
May not be a nymph but Size 10 streamer hook , 7/32 black brass dumbbell eye tied at the hook eye, med. rootbeer cactus chenille, orange marabou or rabbit fur(from a zonker strip) tail with a single p
June 2013 flies from the vice
 My latest go-round with crayfish.  I have been trying to create a pattern of my own with a good profile and action in the water.  I keep getting close, but ultimately I dont like them
Tying Wet Flies Backwards?
utyer-I agree that crayfish & shrimp move backwards scurrying for cover, and the imitation should be tied backwards. Merkin crabs should be tied sideways as crabs move laterally to the side.I have
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