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stoneflies photos / questions
Over the many years I've been fly fishing, I've been told frequently enough "that's not going to work here". Sometimes that information was correct, many times it wasn't. IMO, you're on the right trac
Suggestions for Crayfish Claws
Since seeing a scientific article or 2 about bass and crayfish and how bass prefer crayfish with reduced claws or a missing claw, I like the idea of fishing flies with either smaller claws or with one
Green shrimp
Very nice looking fly! That should work! I like it!    I would use that fly as a crayfish imitation too for our Smallmouth bass. Would bet it would even work well for Redfish or Bonefish, bu
Goin home to Ohio in September, Bass Fly advice?
You'll be able to use any of those flies you tie for bonefish.  Bass will take anything that looks alive, and shrimp, crayfish and bait fish patterns all get eaten. Topwater is fun, but is limite
Small mouth Bass Flies
Lol, I thought you sent the fly shop. The forage is mainly crayfish. Some sculpins work and hellgrammites also will work.
catfish on dry fly
Catfish are predators.  They are just more famous as scavengers. In waters where there's fewer bugs and crayfish, catfish are forced to seek other prey.
Crayfish
I like the look of it.. but....   In my mind I think.... crayfish swim 'backwards'... the tail is the direction that the crayfish goes.. yes? I don't know but..... I think that prey-fish would
Rattling PolarFlash Minnow
Hi Chuck Glad u like it. The only other fly I tie with rattles is a Crayfish. It"s said that they cause a clicking and gravel grinding sound. I don't know if the lateral line on a Bass can pick up so
Smallmouth
Crayfish patterns and Clousers.
Shad imitations
IMO, most basic white streamer flies will imitate many baitfish species that predators will eat. Even when we try to imitate a specific species, such as Shad, doesn't mean that's why the fish eat it.&
Momma said there'd be days like this
Nope not plastic worms. He was using live ones. Both the bass and the sunfish would swim up to them. Look at them and swim off. Next time we go there. I might bring a light spinning rod with 6 lb fluo
Ready to go, how about you
I'd love to see an SBS on that realistic looking crawdad or mudbug or crayfish or whatever you call them up there. Nice kit to take with for variety for sure. Thanks. The crayfish aren't anything
dyed bucktails
I use that brown/tan/black ( it varies) hair on the back sides for stream bass hair jigs & some for flies. Yes, it works well for contrast & backs on streamers as BattenkillBum has noted. It's
Cheapest and most effective flies to tie
I think about the cost of materials a lot too when tying just for myself. Hackle is obviously expensive, but it's also pretty much indispensable. So just find the cheapest source you can and suck it u
wooly buggers
Nice job !!   Now that you have the pattern down, maybe try some variations without cones, with and without weighted hook shanks. That changes the profile slightly for one thing but more than tha
Bead chain eyes
You know, I was given a huge amount of 3/16" bead nickeled bead chain many years ago - it'd have filled a quart Mason jar - and I've just about used up the last of that.  With the price of little
what is your most memorable....
My dad and his sister, my Aunt Joy, came up from Missouri (my home state) to visit me in Michigan back in 2001 or '02, somewhere in there. Neither of them had ever seen any of the Great Lake
April showers start bass bedding...Monthly Swap
Here in VA I'm all about smallmouth. Brooks, Rainbows, Browns are off-season trips for me. Coming now into the season and getting hyped up for floating rivers. In contrast to my trout fishing, I use o
April Flies from the Vice
Crayfish, tied for smallmouth season
Odd hooks and use thereof
The 16, 1x short, 3x heavy would work for a scud other heavy nymph.  I wouldn't put a bead head on it, but a few wraps of weight could be useful.   Size 6 would be a good bait hook.  A
FTF Fly Pattern - tidewaterfly - Clouser Half and Half Variant
    Thanks for posting Tidewater   You're welcome! I'm glad you like it!   Mud, I'm a big fan of using rabbit strips. Since I'm primarily fishing in brackish tidal water, flies ti
Squirrel?
I really like using Squirrel tail for tying. The natural barring IMO, provides a nice segmented appearance. The following is a pic of a Clouser style fly I tie & use as a crayfish imitation. I lik
Effective woolly bugger colors
I am a brown wooly bugger fan. I use all brown materials and try to get all the materials as close to the color of the brown marabou I use. There is tons of crayfish in all the rivers I fish and they
Hank O Hair
Definitely, the top half of a caddis pattern, Elk Hair caddis or a CDC and Elk.  It looks like a very small crayfish or other fresh water crustacean.  I'll have to give it a try.  Just
what goals have you set.....
I want to catch a 20" trout this year rainbow or brown either one. I have yet to reach that mark and I think it is time. I may just follow the trophy stocking schedule and hit up a few of the spots wh
Pheasant body feather uses
Lots of stuff. Wet fly hackle, stonefly backs and legs, crayfish claws. The white and green neck feathers make interesting midge flies or a jungle cock substitute. The greens can also be used for smal
Attractors? (What and Why?)
I call one of my patterns a "Panfish Attractor" .. [attachment=50873:Panfish attractor.jpg ]because it seems to draw strikes when nothing else is working.  It's my go to fly at the moment.  
Help with brown trout streamers
How did I miss this thread?  I love Browns and streamers.    HerrickKyle go look at the Battenkill or Beaverkill or Schoharie or where ever you fish in upstate NY during the day. Look f
Self created Crawfish pattern
rubber legs do tend to attract hits, but if you want it to resemble a crayfish (assuming fish can tell the difference), they have jointed legs, all attached to the thorax (just behind the claws).... n
EZ streamer - EZ body made it easy
Pike.ro ... nice tie.  You beat me to a design I was thinking of, for crayfish.  I hope you don't mind if I modified one of your photos.   [attachment=50688:post-53943-0-00919600-142445
Introducing my karate kid shrimp
Kind of a cross between a Charlie and a shrimp.  I think it looks great.  I like that last picture ... it does look like a shrimp or small crayfish in defense.   Well done!
Are these appropriate questions?
First, welcome to the forums! Take what Mike says at face value, but know he's got a great sense of humor too!    There's a saying that the only stupid question is the one not asked. Certain
Eagle Lake, Ontario
Well, not sure how much this will help.  I go to a lodge on a lake 8 hours north of Toronto.  Way to the east and bit further south of where you'll be.  Still they're Canadian Shield la
Yellow Perch
I have never fished for perch on the fly but I used to catch tons of them out of Lake Champlain from docks in the marinas on worms, grubs, live minnows and rubber jigs with a curly tail. The
Bass Crayfish
cool motion, but the motion seems to be more like that of a frog than a crayfish.  A crayfish uses its tail.  I'd like to tie one like that in green to resemble a frog.  I think a bass
Lake Trout
Though we used to troll sewn bait for lakers before I took up fly fishing, I have tried going after them with the fly. For structure, try to find a rock pile of some sort, if you have good depth maps
Heavey nymphs
A tungsten beadhead Copper J would be a good point fly to get down deep. rotary's suggestion of a brooks stone is a really good one if you have a good population of stonefly's around. Because the
Greetings from the dark continent
Guys tilapia are NOT strictly hrebivorous. They are much like carp actually. They do eat a lot of plant matter, but also eat fish eggs, small fish, aquatic worms, aquatic insects, and crayfish. I've f
Crab movement
Back when I tied flies commercially, I was told by several other guides that I tied for exactly what Capt Bob has said about how a crab fly has to act. Back then, the two most popular crab patterns (a
Converting 29 gallon gravel aquarium to planted
That's pretty.  Are you going to put ANY fish, grass shrimp, crayfish or other fauna in there?  Or, will this be strictly a flora tank?   I've never done, or seen, a plant only tank, so
Project Crayfish
Depends on if you are going to dead drift them like a nymph, or strip them like a fleeing animal.    Dead drifted, use a Clouser Crayfish.   Not simple to tie, but the best there i
What flies work well for carp?
When I think of carp flies, I think of "buggy" flats type flies that might also be good for Redfish, Bonefish or Smallmouth Bass. These would be patterns that might imitate crayfish or nymphs. There h
Duck Season is here!
I keep a few Gadwall flanks for my sculpins and some cdc from the oil glands on Mallards. I love that crayfish pattern, it looks a lot better than the one I was planning to tie...More realistic, (to
Winter carp flies
I've only occasionally caught them in winter on lures while fishing for panfish. Have never caught one on a fly in winter. Last one I remember catching was on a beetle spin type lure, so I expect they
Top 3 trout streamers
  ... anything with marabou, bucktail, and or a zonker strip.   Ditto for me, except I would replace bucktail with synthetic streamer hair (craft fur, etc.). Most of my streamers
Best flies for crappies
FlaFly, I don't generally fish for Crappies specifically, because there are other panfish species too in the tidal rivers I fish most often. I'll take them when I catch them. When I'm targeting panfis
Fall smallmouth flies
Depends on what type of water you're fishing.  It's the fall the bait fish and the crayfish will be larger than they were in the spring and summer.  I would fish bait fish patterns 2-4 inche
Dettes Fly Tying Days at the Catskills Fly Fishing Museum
Had a chance to check out Dettes Fly Tying Days at the Catskills Fly Fishing Museum. Over 20 tiers on hand, raffles, seminars and more. Alot of fun and a chance to see some awesome flies. I attache
Classic designs that work for panfish/smallmouth
You've pretty much answered most of your own questions I think. Sounds to me like you just need some confirmation or reassurances from some of the rest of us.    For panfish, any fly you've
Did ya' ever?
Oh yeah.  My first experiment was when I was learning to tie.  It was a crayfish that was a hybrid of a plastic worm, deer hair, kreel claw, marabou, and rubber legs.  Resembl
"Trout & Feather" website introduction
Unfortunately, you've locked yourself into trout with your name.  There are so many other fish.  No trout in my part of the Country, so I just skip over sites that are exclusive.  
August flies from the bench
Here's the "Squimp" saltwater fly, which can be EASILY modified into a crayfish imitation...enjoy!   TC   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb9yHFTTF70
Crayfish Pattern
Hi guys  wanted to show you my second attempt of the furry foam Crayfish.  This is following the instructions of dronlees furry foam cray,  Obviously not as good as his, but I am  
Largest Aquatic Insect
Looper, I was helping some CT fisheries guys do some stream sampling many years ago and had one of those beetles scare the wee out of me when I reached into a trap net. I thought I was pretty familiar
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
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