Spoiler Alert: Crawdad flies for the swap

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Pat Lat, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Tied my first 5 crawdads for the trout streamer swap tonight and decided they needed their own thread. Hard to get the carapace and tail to go on straight, but getting easier. I really like the pheasant shoulder claws and decided to add some more purple to the pattern since the feathers already have a purple iridescence. I also used dyed green GP tippet for a little more color variation. And good old sally hansens nail polish for the finishing touches. Since I always hear 'purple for the yak' I think these will be dubbed Yakimaw-dads. Hope you guys like them. I almost want to keep them for myself, but I can always tie more.
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  2. Rob Ast Active Member

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    Those look sweet Pat. Post a pattern, or even better an SBS.
  3. Irafly Active Member

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    I'll only slightly feel embarrassed taking one from you in the swap. I can understand your want to keep them for yourself, you are a talented tier and your flies are not only functional but also works of art. Most of us just tie functional patterns.
  4. David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    +1

    That's some hot stuff pat.
  5. Jack Devlin Active Member

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    Pat,
    Your new Avatar befits you perfectly. Your crawdads are proof of that. Beautiful ties.
    Jack
  6. underachiever !

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    Holy hell those are awesome. I nearly threw my hat in to the ring for that fly swap, but I've got strict limit on the number of people I can disappoint.
  7. Joe Goodfellow Active Member

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    Can you do a sbs for that man that's sweet!?
  8. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    !!!!!!!! i dont think ive got a tie from you yet ive wanted to fish, and those are no exception. damn!! please do an sbs =)
  9. KevinLS Member

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    Can't wait to get that fly in the water though I'm worried about loosing it. Yes sbs would be great, thanks for the great tie.
  10. Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    Well an SBS is a pretty tall order, Those who get them in the swap will see that they're not too special, I think its more about choosing the right materials and color palate to make flies look buggy and different without too much manipulation. They are fairly durable as well, I usually use one all day or more unless I snag it in a tree out of reach. And the claws, which I thought would be too fragile when I first started using them, rarely break off.
    If you do fish the pattern, which I highly suggest, you will notice that it swims more like a panicked crawdad. The butt end slips down in between the rocks and makes the fly look like a crawdad backing down into a burrow. Also if you hop it around using little twitch strips the tail looks like its paddling. Then let it drop all of a sudden and it looks like the attack pose that, to a hungry westslope, probably looks just like the other hundred or so dumb crawdads that tried to put their dukes up, and ended up as dinner.
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  11. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    i do the same thing with some of my crawdad patterns. a tuft of red marabou as a tail works good and tucks up like a real tail when stripped and flares back out when paused.
  12. mtskibum16 Active Member

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    Those are really nice ties Pat! Well done!
  13. Steve Knapp Beach Bum

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    Nice flies Pat, as usual. I will be tying some of those for sure!
  14. tinman207 Active Member

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    Looks like it's time to change my desktop wallpaper. Nicely done Pat!
  15. Wayne Kohan fish-ician

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    Wow, I am feeling so inadequate as a tier.

    Great tie.

    Wayne
  16. kelvin Active Member

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