soft hackle crayfish pattern

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soft hackle crayfish pattern

Post by newriverspey » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:51 pm

The local tailwater is not cooperating for trout fishing, so I started thinking about smallmouth fishing this summer. I tied a soft hackle crayfish pattern. Hope it works.
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Re: soft hackle crayfish pattern

Post by Old Hat » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:45 pm

Nice design. Should work great. Ever thought about tying a knot around the rubber legs? Tying them into two bundles.
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Re: soft hackle crayfish pattern

Post by letumgo » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:19 pm

That would also likely work on steelhead. Excellent fly. I'd fish it with confidence.
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Re: soft hackle crayfish pattern

Post by Jim Slattery » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:45 pm

That work for trout.
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Re: soft hackle crayfish pattern

Post by newriverspey » Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:56 am

Old Hat,
I have not thought of tying the legs in a knot. Do you mean tying the knot at the end of legs to make them look jointed. Thanks for the input. Otto
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Re: soft hackle crayfish pattern

Post by letumgo » Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:05 am

Carl/Otto - I wonder if the loops in knotted legs would cause them to get fouled up with the hook. If you fish both versions, I'd be interested to hear if they fish any differently.
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Re: soft hackle crayfish pattern

Post by hankaye » Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:05 am

newriverspey, Howdy;

That's a tasty looking mudbug. My first thought, when I read Carl's
suggestion about tying the legs, was figure -8'ing them like this;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzZekzILGRI
to get the legs to splay out to the sides a bit more.

hank

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Re: soft hackle crayfish pattern

Post by William Anderson » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:08 am

Way to go, Otto! We don't usually see soft-hackled crayfish patterns, but this should do well. Nice job, and thanks for sharing. I'm hoping for some stream pics soon, or better yet, maybe I can make it down there this Spring.

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Re: soft hackle crayfish pattern

Post by Smuggler » Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:25 pm

Good lord that's right in the money Otto. That fly us going to destroy smallies. I'd like to see the action honestly.
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Re: soft hackle crayfish pattern

Post by newriverspey » Fri Feb 07, 2014 6:55 pm

Kevin and William,
I am expecting both of you to come down and visit. The fishing is suppose to be better this year and June through the first of August are the best times. As a matter of fact anyone that wants to come down and swing flies for smallies is welcome and I would enjoy having you visit my neck of the woods.
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