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Old 08-19-2008, 07:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Decided to tie up a crawdad pattern. I looked through some websites to find one and just gave up and decided to tie my own.......the Crawdizzy.....

This is the first fly that I have ever tried to tie up. It was difficult and it's fairly ugly, but I still think it would fool some bass. Here are a few pics.







It was pretty fun and I will probably try to refine my skills with a few more flies. Hopefully it's something I can get interested in.
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Care to send a few up to moi to try out? That looks awesome man!
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that pretty much blows my first fly i ever tied out of the water! pretty good man, i would go out to some ponds and test that sucker out!
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Old 08-19-2008, 08:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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First try? That's like the best craw pattern I have ever seen! It's almost too pretty to use
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Wow....thanks fellers!

I will admit to something though. I made a FAT rookie mistake with this fly. Since I wasn't following instructions because I was making it up as I went, I forgot to add any weight.......

Sigh......I should have wrapped at least one wrap of lead or something but I wasn't thinking. Maybe it will work anyways....
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Very nice first fly. Some weight will be nice, but not totally necessary. When you fish that from your belly boat, cast into shore, into 6" or so of water.. Barely move it and you may be supprised. Weight will help in the future though.

VERY good first effort.
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looks great. in addition to the lead, you might want to try some dumbell eyes tied on top of the shank near the bend. That'll make the lure ride hook point up so it doesn;t catch weeds or the bottom as much. If you do that, you'll probably want to tie the rest of the thing upside down too. One other thing, just for aesthetics, you can cut a notch into the claw feathers to make them look more clawlike, i doubt the fish care all that much though.
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Actually a great job for your first time! As long as the profile / color / action is good it will catch bass for sure.
Oyey and Funk are spot on in reguard to weight, abd the dumbbell eyes are a great way to do it. If you watch a Crawdad moving about, its front and pincers are up high with the tail stuck to the bottom. If you tied in dumbbell eyes at the tail end, you'll get the same posture from the fly, letting the feather pincers and antennae more pronounced inthe water.
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I believe I prefer to tie my craw immitations on an upside down hook.
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Thanks peeps! I am prolly gonna go buy more supplies and get into it. That is a good idea to invert the hook Oyey. I will prolly do that next time.
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