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An Omen?
While sitting at the vise last night, a full grown adult yellow stone fly landed on my fly box. I kid you not, this really happened. There is a small creek across the road from me that contains no fis
There's a little place I know...
Years ago it was a rather common practice to throw every blue gill caught on the bank. I would guess the fish are mainly eating bugs which will make a blue gill grow fairly large but to get big bass a
Tampa Fl Area
Tampa is too far north for many of the invasive species of Southern Florida.  Blue Tilapia are everywhere, but hard to entice into biting.  Small crayfish and insect larvae patterns might wo
A couple of years ago I brought some preformed bodies that were suppose to imitate either a blood worm or a sand worm.  They were 5 or 6 inches long so they sat.  I pulled them out last year
Animal hair that sinks?
There's nothing wrong with deer hair on subsurface flies, I use it all the time for those applications.  Sure, pack it tight enough it will float, but use it sparingly or add weight (or use a sin
Bead Head Wooly Bugger on a Jig Hook
I can't tell what size the fly is but the shank looks fairly short.  I'd suggest for looking for jig hooks not intended for fly fishing.  Eagle Claw makes then down to size 10 with a long sh
Chile Trip Report
Slow was the way to describe fishing, but lots of fun. Day 1 - Fished the Petrohue river swinging for salmon with 10 and 9wts and 400-450 grain line with big articulated salmon flies. First stop I cau
March Flies From The Vise
Now ... those are MY size crayfish, Bo !!!  "ShellCracker" (Redeared Sunfish) catching pattern for sure !!!
April Fools Warm Water Swap...
Got the first half dozen easy but now the dilemna. For years I've spent fishing bass with bait and spin gear. When I did use a fly rod for bass or pike I will admit to using store bought poppers almos
Catfish on the fly
It's pretty routine to catch channel cats while smallmouth fishing. Flatheads are a different story. I accidentally catch channels all the time. Like fisherboy says, they can be very agreeable to al
February Flies from the Vise
Forgot to attach lol Yeah that's nice tom ....this particular tie was first tied by a Dr. Pidgeon a respected scientist and keen fly fisher in Armidale NSW Australia ...after much deliberation of
Christmas pictures...and comments from Santa
Don't know if you caught it yet but I kept your box Hazathor. It is the most useful for the ponds I have available around here. I am especially excited about the crayfish. They look perfect in size an
Stocker trout
 I always  carry trash bags to throw the remains into so as not to foul the water any more than what it is,   absolutely nothing wrong with carrying out whatever you want, but
Crappie fly fishing
If you are fishing for white crappies I would suggest minnow patterns, or any other baitfish patter to your local water. If you are target black crappies, nymphs scuds, crayfish, or any other trout an
Fall Au Sable pike
There's more than enough prey/forage for them in this river, tons of baitfish/perch/minnow/crayfish and other forage. It's just the type of conditions for the river fish (constant current/moving water
Start thinking Christmas Swap
Flat Rock, you ask the guy who didn't catch fish? Well, I did but everyone says the flood conditions most of the year made things tough. The story I always here.   1. Soft Hackle...Red Ass Kelso.
October flesh from the vise
[attachment=64373:DSCN1617.JPG] My favourite yabby /crawdad/craybob crayfish pattern by far .....tied on a #8 long shank Tekken hook
Michael's find.
How big/long would you say those are? Trying to judge if they'd size up ok for a #4-6 3XL streamer hook for crayfish patterns. Thanks for sharing your find!
Crazy Dad With Under Water Footage
This small crawdad streamer works so well, I was catching fish I want even targeting with it.  I went out fishing for carp, and got a carp and even some smallmouth bass.  In fact, the carp I
About the evolution of YOUR fly tying.
Interesting question...there are lots of things that used to be kind of a pain in the rear for which there are now "quick-and-easy" solutions. We now have all the synthetic wing cases, crayfish bodies
Micro streamer colors - which one works for you?
Black then olive.  A rusty orange can be useful if you know there are crayfish around, but I've never had much luck with natural gray.
That is a problem with permanent markers.  Interesting color combinations and direction of the tie.  Those look like good Mantis shrimp imitations.   The first shrimp pattern I learned
Crayfish Bunny Bugger
Crayfish are a very important food source for many freshwater species.  And this fly is made to imitate them.  Bass and trout eat crayfish pretty regularly, and this fly has caught both on t
Redeye Bass = patterns and info.
Common names can be confusing, with similar or identical names applied to different species.  What I think you're referring to as redeye (or Coosa bass- M. coosae) look a little bit like a s
Fly Tying Video Fails
The best video I have seen lately outside of the professionally produced videos on YouTube is Peter Collin's How to tie a crayfish fly. Very well done, shot from the tyer's perspective, and no-nonsen
Hey guys so last time I went to my local river (the San Juan river) I saw 20+ carp all site fishable roaming around in a slow moving and shallow part of the river I had not been to before. I was just
Simple Streamer
Great looking pattern, Excellent video.   Lot of potential to mix up colors.  Could see it working as an all white pattern with a silver or pearl body.  Mix of olive, brown and orange f
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.                       &#
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