Crappie Fly swap

Discussion in 'Fly Swaps' started by sean_k, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. Mike Cline Fly Fishing Guerilla

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    I was thinking of either some baby Clouser minnows or this other "bug--mash-up-thing-with-no-name" I tie that works well... Probably go with the latter.
  2. atomic dog Jive Turkey

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    I was thinking about tying some crappie candy, which are similar to a clouser, but instead I think I will have a go at some fun sized EP baitfish. Kind of like this:

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  3. Mike Cline Fly Fishing Guerilla

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    That looks awesome.
  4. IveofIone Active Member

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    Hey guys, I'm sorry to drop out at such a late date but I have too much on my plate right now to give this swap the attention it deserves. But from what I've seen so far it should be a dandy swap.

    Ive
  5. KevinLS Member

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    Count me in will ya?
  6. sean_k Active Member

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    Ive I took you off, Kevin your in.

    I'll go ahead and close this swap with the eight tiers. Everyone send in seven flys each with a SASE by 15 April. My address will be sent out via PM. Thanks again to those who joined.
  7. KevinLS Member

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    Gonna be a fun swap, I'm looking at patterns now. Decisions decisions...
  8. sean_k Active Member

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    Keith your flys came in the other day, Great flys!
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  9. Keith Hixson Active Member

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    My partner and I were fishing a lake in the Pan Handle of Idaho for trout. We saw some fish rising and rowed over and tossed a dry fly. We caught crappie, then we switched to wooley buggers and caught trout using a sink tip. Crappie on the surface and trout below from the same anchored spot. We got into quite a few fish and kept about 15 or more crappie for food. Little crappie fillets are good eating. Crappie on the surface and trout below, we thought that strange. I had always been taught that crappie ate primarily baby fish but they will take a dry fly on occasion.
  10. atomic dog Jive Turkey

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    One of the reasons I love fishing Hutchinson Lake so much is never knowing what you'll find on your hook when you bring it in. Last summer with a small popper, three casts resulted in a bluegill, a crappie and a bass. Even more entertaining is throwing a small dropper under a popper. They'll hit one fly causing the other to twitch, then something will attack the other as well.
  11. steeli Member

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    The way my March is looking, I'll need the full April tax deadline to get mine in. I'll be tying a red-eyed damsel, pattern I've netted all kinds of warm water fish.
  12. atomic dog Jive Turkey

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    I sat down and tried tying a couple EP baitfish last night. They turned out...sloppy. I need to spend some time getting the process down. Sloppy or not, they are neat little flies, I think they'll catch fish just fine.
  13. Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    Little guys are done, sending them out on Monday.
    I went with a chartreuse because...well, I like em. :)

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  14. Keith Hixson Active Member

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    What size hook? I used a size six.
  15. Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    Those are Daiichi 1560 #10
  16. atomic dog Jive Turkey

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    I sat down and tied some more baitfish. My consistency with these things is still crap, but I finally got one that I'm happy with. I can't wait to test these things out.

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    Hopefully by the end of the week I can get enough of them tied up that I am happy with and get them sent out.
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  17. Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    Beautiful! Looks excellent to me!
  18. KevinLS Member

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    Eyejuggler and Atomic both really nice looking ties! Eyejuggler I've had good success with a larger pattern like that in lakes. Just kind of like spoon fishing; fast strips in. Tie in flashy colors. Look forward to try the special small one.
  19. Keith Hixson Active Member

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    An Old Timer told me, "it isn't a crappie lure (fly) unless it has red." He said red represents injury to the crappie. Now I'm not so sure about his opinions because I have caught lots of crappie using little solid color jigs. But when I tie for crappie I always use a little red somewhere in the fly. Old Traditions kinda haunt you.
  20. Keith Hixson Active Member

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    This is my crappie spider. While trout fishing a lake many years ago we came across some crappie. Since my friend and I like to eat crappie we decided catch more. I changed to a steelhead fly called the "Wet Spider" It was a simple fly. Yellow chenille body and mallard flank for hackle. It is a great fly for sea run cutthroats also but that's for another thread. The fly I used was a size 6 and I caught a bunch of crappie that day. I went home and modified the fly. Added a white marabou tail. A little red chenille at the butt (all crappie flies should contain red) and a partridge for the soft hackle. I also will use soft grizzly hackle for the wing. Simple but effective fly. Used it for years. I tie it in size 8 or 6 Mustad 3906B or similar hook.

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