Let's see your Crayfish flies for Smallies

N. Metz

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Like the title say's, let's see those crayfish imitations that the smallmouths love so much. The fly in the picture caught a few big ones last year. I do some where I imitate the claws and legs and whatnot. I'll tie one up and post it. I usually make mine from about 2.5 to 5 inches. 3 to 4 inches seems to be the sweet spot.

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N. Metz

Active Member
Fly's look good gentleman. The olive/rusty orange and black/rusty orange combination works well. I'm gunna have to tie some up.
 

Buzzy

Active Member
So Nick - I'm treading on thin ice here, man. Clouser's swimming nymph "CARP" variation (thread drift?).
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Often I get lucky when I'm carpin' and find some smallmouth that will grab my offerings. When I started carpin' (23 or 24 years ago now, lost track) I had two patterns: the woolly worm and a crayfish. The flies above are something at @Engee suggested I tie up. He's quite the carper.

Randy - post a pic of your "black" crayfish. Yep, black.
 
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N. Metz

Active Member
So Nick - I'm treading on thin ice here, man. Clouser's swimming nymph "CARP" variation (thread drift?).
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Often I get lucky when I'm carpin' and find some smallmouth that will grab my offerings. When I started carpin' (23 or 24 years ago now, lost track) I had two patterns: the woolly worm and a crayfish. The flies above are something at @Engee suggested I tie up. He's quite the carper.

Randy - post a pic of your "black" crayfish. Yep, black.
Buzzy-I'll allow it :)
 

Norm Frechette

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brown's crayfish

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kamishak steve

Active Member
I've always favored more impressionistic patterns. This has been lights out for me in certain crayfish rich smallie waters locally. I either roll with this color or have another one with a little bit of olive incorporated into it.

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That probably has never ending movement in the water, even at rest. Looks good.
 

kamishak steve

Active Member
So Nick - I'm treading on thin ice here, man. Clouser's swimming nymph "CARP" variation (thread drift?).
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Often I get lucky when I'm carpin' and find some smallmouth that will grab my offerings. When I started carpin' (23 or 24 years ago now, lost track) I had two patterns: the woolly worm and a crayfish. The flies above are something at @Engee suggested I tie up. He's quite the carper.

Randy - post a pic of your "black" crayfish. Yep, black.
Those are rad. I think that juvenile crayfish form a huge part of trout, carp and esp smallmouth diet. They eat the big ones of course, but the smaller crays are the perfect prey. Those look like a great representation. Deadly
 

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