Craw baby

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  1. pittendrigh

    pittendrigh Active Member

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    I've wasted a lot of time trying to tie 'realistic' crawfish imitations. But simpler impressionistic patterns work better for me. Crawfish fold their pincers together so they appear as one when jetting away in panic mode. So a fluffy back end tuft is probably more realistic than painstakingly crafted pincers anyway. I tie them on a hopper hook with barbell eyes on the opposite side of the bend, so the hook rides up. That way you can bounce them slowly along the bottom, with intermittent twitches.

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  2. Steve Knapp

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    Nice fly, anything thats swims will kill it. I think you're right about impression, way better than exact replicas.
     
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    nice, i was about to start a thread on crawfish patterns for carp/bass. those are nice. i like to add a small tuft of dark red marabou pointing down under the bottom near the hook eye for a tail. when sitting still it'll spread out and relax like a regular tail and when stripped will fold up under the body like a natural would when fleeing. if that makes any sense.
     
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    I totally agree with you and Steve.....a impressionistic fly (with a little movement) will out produce a realistic fly almost all the time, the exception might be dries.

    Very nice crawdad pattern I might add!
     
  5. pittendrigh

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    That does make sense. You'd better make one and post the photo!
     
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    I think that one will work as a squid too. Nice.
    Jack

    I particularily like the color of the pincers on the second one. I think you have it just right.
    Jack
     
  7. Derek Young

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    Nice pattern.
     

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