Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by BN2FSH, Nov 15, 2017.
Can anyone point me in the direction of a good cray fish pattern?
I have, quite literally, dozens of crayfish flies in assorted "ties". The pattern above is one that I find myself using quite often when I'm fishing skinny water for carp. It works quite well, sometimes. I also tie a much simpler pattern in olive, another good carp fly and one that has caught a few rainbows on a creek 80 miles or so east of Ephrata.
Good luck in your search!
If you’re fishing lakes, a simiseal leech in the appropriate color is a good bet. Let it settle and hop it off the bottom.
As Buzzy said, these have always worked well - from Carp to Bass to Catfish.
I know it's not technically a crayfish but a JJ Bugger does really well matching one.
Crazy Dad. Super easy tie and effective on the water.
I forgot about this one & haven't used one in a while; I'll have to tie a few.
Both of this are on the bigger side.
This is an experiment for a floating one...
And this is one sinks like a rock.
You certainly have my curiosity going with the floating crayfish (which I like a lot) but that rabbit strip full sinking fly, that one I really like.
I am gathering ideas and a pattern is slowly forming in my mind. However, I have not thought about a floating pattern. I'll have to tie a few of those just for kicks. FYI, I am going to Chile and then to Argentina. The guy from Chile said they have lots of crayfish in the rivers they fish, and the crayfish take on the color of the bottom. After, Chile I go back to Jurassic Lake in Argentina.
Tim's dead drift Cray fish
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I remember reading about freshwater crabs in that part of the world. Is it possible that's what he's calling "crayfish"?
There may be regional differences, but generally the word for both crab and crayfish in Spanish is the same: cangrejo. Therefore we qualify it when necessary by adding “de mar” (from the sea, saltwater) or “de río” (from de river, freshwater)
I will ask, but he is from the USA, so I assume it is a crayfish.