I just moved to South Texas and small crayfish patterns tend to work very well for smallmouth bass, Guadalupe bass, panfish and the Rio Ciclids. They also work for other fish like catfish and trout as well. So I decided to come up with my own small crayfish pattern. Now, I am sure someone has tied something similar to this in the past, maybe even exact. If you know of a fly that is similar or exact that has already been tied, please let me know. Pretty much everything under the sun has been tied before, and someone always seems to lay claim to a pattern. In fact I will regularly have multiple people lay claim to the same fly every time I make a video. But, either way, I thought this combination of materials and way to put them onto a hook was something that would work for this area. So I made it. LOL
Ok so, with that aside. This fly will be able to be fished like a nymph, but also like a crayfish streamer as well. I mean, you could float it under an indicator, or put it on as the sole fly, and site cast to fish. Bounce it off the bottom, or swim it right by them. I do think this fly is very versatile in the way you can fish it. You tell me what your experience with it is.
Also like always, I am listing all the materials here, with links to where you can buy them. If you want to check out the Risen hooks and their other materials, then go to www.risenfly.com. Whatever you purchase there, you can get a discount by typing in “McFly” at checkout. Enjoy!
Hooks: Risen #10 Barbless Jigged Hooks – www.risenfly.com/collections/hooks/products/jig-fly-hook-9230
Bead: Risen #4.0 Slotted Tungsten Bead – www.risenfly.com/collections/beads-and-weights/products/slotted-tungsten-beads
Weight: .015 sized Lead Wire – amzn.to/2t08oaU
Antenna: Gold Crystal Flash – amzn.to/2LKih3c
Rubber Legs: Nymph Sili Legs – amzn.to/359oKwb
Claws: Brown Barred Chickabou – amzn.to/359yLcN
Body: Small Brown Hen Soft Hackle – amzn.to/359yQ05
Head Cement: Hard as Hull – amzn.to/2LFcxYi
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