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Odd ball fly line?
Need some advice.  I acquired a Hardy Mach 2  Dbl Tpr 8 wt intermediate sink fly line in a club auction.  Trying to figure out the purpose of a DT with that heavy of a line.  Pitch
Started playing around with the Crawbody, they work well if you get a solid base under them. Looking forward to giving them a try once the ice melts. I have always had decent luck with crayfish patter
This one going to my buddy on the cape, my  " KILLER CRAYFISH ' GOOD LUCK GOOD TYIN [attachment=61503:CrayFish.jpg] [attachment=61504:Crayfish for Raven.JPG]
There Back !
And on that note...Years ago we had a camper on a lake near St. Cloud MN. That lake and area lakes were often ringed with cattails growing well out from shore and forming a raft with edges and cuts th
March Flies From The Vise
Tied up some crappie imitation for bass, pike, and musky. Also going to give those cohen crayfish a try.
Realistic Crayfish Pattern
I'm a huge fan of crayfish patterns, thanks for posting! 
My first bugger
Not bad.  It will catch fish.  It looks to me like the hook shank is too short.  Normally, I tie buggers on a 1XL to a 4XL hook.  Since they're more or less intended to imitate bai
What happens when Nymph guys try warm water stuff
Google "balanced leeches" and "Tim's Dead-drift Crayfish" for some other ideas.
Targeting a new species
I like to after them with poppers, especially in the evening.  The only time I really fish for them from a boat is when I go up to Northern Ontario.  In mid-August they're usually in 5 to 10
Shoal bass patterns
They love crayfish.      
Feb flies from the vise
sandfly, you know crayfish eat other don,t be too surprised when you open that box someday and see only one giant fat crayfish. lol...real nice tyes for sure.
January Flies from the Vise
I've been looking for more uses for all the pheasant that I have. I threw together this all pheasant bugger last night. It's given me an idea for a crayfish pattern.   [attachment=60264:pheasant
Crab patterns
 does anyone ever tye or fish a small lobster pattern similar to the freshwater crayfish? ive never seen one    richmc
Shrimp Swap
Kudos, to some excellent tying, look like Psychedelic Crayfish to me, here in freshwater land
Martin shrimp fly -- variations?
I'm not seeing your pics for some reason. I took a look at that fly, and cannot say why the marabou is used, except it should add a bit more movement. IMO for shrimp, some crabs & crayfish imitati
Your Best 12 Trout Flies?
I do my trout fishing in Michigan (until I can retire and move someplace with mountains, anyway :) ) . There are good insect hatches here, but they tend to be sporadic and unpredictable (compared to h
weirdest catch
Not on fly, and many many years ago, I caught a decomposing fish while fishing for carp. The only explanation I can come up with to this day is that a crayfish must have walked my bait to the fish in
October flies from the vise
Crayfish creature, just messing with dubbing. [attachment=58927:IMG_0424.JPG]
Hackle... Better than Cree?
I don't tie many dry flies, so the issue of demand for Cree is not something I worry about. I very much like the coloration of Cree, but can't justify buying dry fly quality. However, whenever I can I
How To Tie the Crazy Charlie YouTube Video
Yes, it's a saltwater pattern, a Bonefish pattern, but doesn't mean it can't be used in freshwater for other species as Kentuckysteve has said. That style makes a darn good crayfish pattern for stream
Streamer Question
I also (like JSzymczyk) fish streamers more than any other type of fly. I fish them for largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout, salmon and steelhead here in Michigan. I've even fished them for carp, if
September flies from the vise
  Nice one Cream. Hardly any crayfish up here but I will be tying some of those for sure.   J
hook size for sm bass
I use hooks ranging from size 4 up to 2/0 depending on the type of fly I'm tying. I prefer fishing top water for smallies but use bait fish, leech and crayfish patterns also. I don't usually fish nymp
Shrimp Eye Caddy?
Hey Flats, you need to learn to do them in an assembly line process, and of course have more patience. Of course that's easier for us older folks to say!    I make them same as Joseph, or ju
Egg Faced Crayfish
I've only fished it swinging down and across.  I'm sure various crayfish patterns would work if bottom bounced though.  Ton of them in the river and some are quite large.  If your swing
Furry Foam Part 2, What to use as a substitute
Anyone have any ideas what to use as a substitute for furry foam? I was tying Clouser Crayfish. Thanks
Furry Foam/Doe it get old?
Does furry foam get old? I tied some crayfish this afternoon and it tore apart on 3 of the 4 crabs  tied. Maybe I'm being too rough with it?
Crayfish pattern for Steelhead and Smallmouth
Frank, they look great!    I've tied "crayfish" versions of the saltwater pattern "Squimp"  for SM bass, which looks very similar to your fly. Mine didn't have the rear extended hook, b
Backward crawdads
    Fish DO chase and eat fleeing crawfish though.  To assume otherwise is just plain wrong.  Fish small rivers or streams in the summer for smallmouth and you see this is usua
run one
out of ideas???   2 materials only 3 materials only 4 materials only a to z swap articulated flies attractor flies bait fish flies bass flies beadheads beginners only blue wing olive/baetis buck
Au Sable vacation 2016
First, shame on you for abusing that walleye that wanted to join you for supper and you through him back. Next, great trip. 3rd, do bridges play a big part in your game plan?   Bridges always
Summer smallmouth
I'm heading up to Northern Ontario next week, a lot further east and a much smaller lake, about 8 hours north of Toronto. Generally we catch them all day, around structure along the shore, rocky point
Need help on mono eyes
Hi VC,     I use cheap 25 pound mono for crayfish eyes. I'm only guessing that shrimp eyes are about the same size. Grab it with tweezers burn and paint. I use sally hansens red nail polish.
Madison River, Yellowstone, September
It's been a few years, but I've fished the Madison in the park, near $3 bridge and down below Ennis Lake.  I don't think I caught anything in the park, not on the Madison, anyway (other streams w
Different streamers for my set up
In that area id try a crayfish of some style.I've fished that area with some luck on them before.Also white belly muddlers do well
Crawdad fly
I tie a variation of the Calcasieu Pig Boat as a crayfish pattern. Similar to yours. Though I use a whole spinner bait skirt and tie in a rattle on each side behind the hook eye to give it weight to k
June Flies from the vise
Great crayfish. Brook trout up here love them.  The ones that I tie don't look nearly as good, not even close.                       &#
WD-40 a good searching pattern?
I guess I would not say the WD-40 is a "searching" pattern by the criteria I think of for a searching pattern.   A searching pattern should look like a number of different trout foods AND cover
One fly only?
I stopped feeding the birds a few years ago because screw it, they can fend for themselves... and I damn sure don't have A cat let alone catS.... BUT   If I see lots of birds and squirrels and wi
Depends on what I'm fishing for. For trout, I'm fishing nymphs, caddis and midges. Various shades of gray, tan and olive with an occasional Green Weenie thrown in.Warm water, white, yellow and fire ti
Head cement deterring fish?
It's funny that fly fishermen should care, because we are the only subspecies of fishermen who DON'T add attractant scents to our lures.   There have been flat out fights on this forum, and
Could the Clouser be the most versatile streamer ever made?
I don't think it would be a stretch to say that the Clouser could also imitate a shrimp or crayfish. Nope not so much shrimp, but all you do is divide the tail and it will do crayfish fine. In fac
Shrimp flies
Micke, those are great! Some of the better shrimp patterns I've seen. Like some of the others I've caught Seatrout/Weakfish, but not sea run trout. I lived in MD, near the Chesapeake Bay most of my li
Shifting gears to freshwater bass....HELP!
Everybody's pretty well covered it. Stay calm and don't panic. My salt water and fresh water patterns are interchangeable. Not sure where you're moving from. Let's do a bit of translation.If you tie f
Clams Qusetion
Trout definitely eat snails and crayfish but is clam the right shape for a trout to mouth?
I call it, the Mc Shrimp
Very similar to a crayfish pattern I've been toying with. I like it. Though you didn't name the specific materials you were using. We're they FTD stuff? Edit:recipe is in the original post, but not t
Tips for teaching a kid to tie?
    ... which is feasible, though not financially sustainable.   When was the last time the government anywhere cared about that?   Really, though, I think the most likely situati
Streamer Junkies
Tomorrow? With the relatively high water we have right now, and a pretty good cold snap going...   Black Woolly Bugger, in a size 8...big enough to be worth moving for, small enough that any trou
crab patterns for trout
That's any interesting question. There are fresh water crabs not sure there's any in the States or if there are where you would find them and trout living in the same water. I've heard crayfish called
I guess SE PA qualifies as mid-Atlantic. I fished Maryland when I was younger long before I took up fly fishing but rivers like the Bohemia, Sassafras and the Elk and the C&D canal. When I fish la
Woolly buggers
In my tying classes we were told the wooly bugger was intended to imitate a helgramite. But it does a much better job of imitating a leech.   I can't argue about the leech. Keep the tail on the
Stocking a bass and panfish fly box suggestions
Can't forget a crayfish pattern and a rabbit strip streamer.   My favorite fly I got out of Fly Tyer magazine a number of years ago. It's based on a Crazy Charlie. Let it drift into a root b
crayfish patterns
I found one called the Bill Miller Cray fish.   Looks easy to tie and a lot like a crayfish.   I've been reading aroun
Goat Rodeo
Here is a pattern designed by Rich Strolis. It is very heavily weighted to reach the bottom QUICK in deep pool heads....and it does its job well! Due to the purpose of this fly, it actually rides inve
Fly Line for kayak fishing river smallies
 perused the forum and found many topics on kayaking from the standpoint of kayak selection. I am currently looking to replace  my 7 wt fly line, and my primary mode will be river fishing sm
Ice flies
What are you fishing for? in colorado i have done well using small crayfish patterns and scuds for trout durring ice fishing season.
Bugger Tails
My bugger tails are different lengths, materials and even layout depending on if I want it as a generic fly or to lean towards matching a hatch or representing what ever. That "what ever" can be anyth
Clouser Swimming Nymph (variation) SBS
  A basic meat fly; imitates leeches, damselfly nymphs, dragonfly nymphs, crayfish, small baitfish and tadpoles, possibly half of a Boston Market roasted chicken.  Change colors/sizes t
November Flies from the Vise
Retro Carp, are all of those your patterns youve come up with or patterns youve come across? If you could give me a material list for the mini crayfish and that damsel thatd be awesome. Thanks man Yes
Secret Santa 2015 time is here
Three more great boxes in the mail today. Green has a box some definite trout candy in there. Will has a box with some great patterns, a couple I can see far surpass my tying ability. Beautiful mini c
Minnow body patterns
I don't use flashabou in fresh water, in fact I don't really like it for salt either. My minnow patterns I keep because they work. They tend to be rather simple. That said I've had Black Nosed Dace wo
Meatwad FTF - Crayfish Imitation   This is a fly pattern I have developed to imitate crayfish for bass and carp. The pattern is mine, but the video is made and uploaded by one of my go
late season LMB
I find dahlberg divers or deer hair mice to be particularly effective for early morning...   and then when they start hiding in the lily pads/weedy areas, I will drag a crayfish fly in short stri
Furry Foam Crayfish
In my newest YouTube video, I share the Furry Foam Crayfish pattern, one I've had a lot of success with over the years.  If you're able to view the comments on the YouTube page, others have added
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