Ben Lubchansky Posted February 25, 2010 Report Share Posted February 25, 2010 This is a cray recipe that I concocted about three years ago looking for a cray pattern that was hook up, used simple materials, and relatively easy to tie. Its unique characteristic is that it mimics the crayfishs defensive fighting posture when threatened. This fly is proven on smallies and trout, and even a carp. Not necessarily a searching pattern, I love throwing it as a changeup to likely holes in fall, after hits on other flies have slowed, or into the head of a spillway or fall under one or two indicators. This fly consistently lands my largest fish of the season. This fly is NOT difficult. Try it. The only tricky parts are splitting the squirrel tail at the hook bend, and working with three loose material at the middle of the fly. Freely sub material you have for those I list. Grey squirrel tail, for example, works just fine. Hook: Streamer 4x long size 2-6 Thread: 6/0 Weight: dumbell eyes Claws: Squirrel tail Prop Legs: Very stiff, heavy mono, at least 40# test. Shellback: Swiss straw Legs: Webby hen hackle Body: chenille Tie in the eyes on top, near the hook eye and then flip the hook over, as in a clouser. Now tie in the squirrel tail clump at the hook bend and divide it evenly as if tying a Wulff wing. Next tie in the mono legs on either side of the fly. The swiss straw goes on next followed by the hen feather and the chenille. Move the thread to the middle of the hook. Wind the chenille to the thread, wrap the thread to secure the chenille and continue wrapping the chenille to the hook eye. Let it hang from a hackle plier. Now wind the hen feather to the mid point and tie it off. Stroke the barbules to the sides and bring the swiss straw over top tying it down at the midpoint to make the cephalothorax. Wrap the thread over the swiss straw to make the segments of the tail as you bring the thread to the hook eye. Tie off the chenille and straw at the eye. Trim the swiss straw longish, whip finish, glue and spread the tail. Trim if necessary. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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