Swap Crappie Fly swap

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

  1. steeli

    steeli Active 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.
     
  2. atomic dog

    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.
     
  3. Eyejuggler

    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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  4. Keith Hixson

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    What size hook? I used a size six.
     
  5. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    Those are Daiichi 1560 #10
     
  6. atomic dog

    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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  7. Eyejuggler

    Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    Beautiful! Looks excellent to me!
     
  8. KevinLS

    KevinLS Active 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.
     
  9. Keith Hixson

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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.
     
  10. Keith Hixson

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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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    Mine are all done and will drop them in the mail in the morning!
     
  12. atomic dog

    atomic dog Jive Turkey

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    Mine are all but done, I've just been procrastinating getting them packaged up and mailed. This weekend, yo.
     
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    So far I've received Keith's flys, we have about two weeks left until the due date. How is every one coming along with their flys?
     
  14. steeli

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    Just back in town yesterday after a looong trip.
    Bugs just started but might whip them up by the end of the weekend.
    Looks like there's going to be some great looking flies!
     
  15. Eyejuggler

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    Done...slacking on getting them mailed out. Odds good Monday.