Spoiler Alert: Crawdad flies for the swap

Pat Lat

Mad Flyentist
#1
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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Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#3
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.
 

David Dalan

69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E
#4
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.

+1

That's some hot stuff pat.
 

McNasty

Canyon Lurker
#8
!!!!!!!! i dont think ive got a tie from you yet ive wanted to fish, and those are no exception. damn!! please do an sbs =)
 

KevinLS

Active Member
#9
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.
 

Pat Lat

Mad Flyentist
#10
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.
 

McNasty

Canyon Lurker
#11
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.
 

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