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Doug's Crayfish

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This was a favorite pattern of the late Doug Christian of Saint Louis, Missouri. Doug was a member of Ozark Fly Fishers and an accomplished fly tier. This pattern has bought to net many fish for those who fish it.

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Hook:Eagle Claw 630 size 6 or 8.
Tail:Black or root beer Krystal Flash.
Body Carrapace:Tan furry foam.
Body:A light ginger dubbing mix of rabbit (1/2), tan antron (1/4) and gold Brite Lite chopped (1/4) or a suitable loose dubbing mixture. Ginger chenille may also be used, but the flash mixture seems to work better.
Claws:Natural cottontail rabbit fur tuffs.
Hackle:Medium large ginger variant
Rib:Copper wire
Weight:1/32 ounce tube jig painted tan.
Marking Pens:Brown, tan black and/or olive

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Tying Instructions

  1. This is a jig hook with approximately 3X long shank, Oshaughnessy bend; A smaller version can be tied on an Eagle Claw 570 #8
  2. Mount the hook in the vise. Lay a base of thread from the jig head to the bend.
  3. On top of the hook tie on light mottled natural deer hair tips. Size and tie deer hair tips over the point of the hook and extending just beyond the end of the fly. This will form a base for the larger head of the crayfish and the tips will be the mouth parts.
  4. Start with a strip approximately 5/8 to 3/4 inch wide for a size 6 and use thinner portions for the smaller sizes. Cut a slight V and tie in the strip upright, but on the under side of the deer hair tips. Stretch as you wind back to the end of the fly.
  5. The dubbing will be applied in three parts: a loose dubbing over the deer hair tips (head - 1/3); a loose dubbing applied in a dubbing loop for the leg portion (middle - 1/3) after the claws: ribbing and hackle; a tightly dubbed tail section (front - 1/3) unless you use a tube jig head.
  6. Slightly moisten the rabbit hair tuffs so that you may size easier, one tuff on each side about to the ends of the mouth parts.
  7. Make 3 or 4 palmered turns of the ginger variant over the dubbing in the middle third.
  8. The wire is secured at the midpoint of the hook and used to rib the over lay. Front half only
  9. Use mottling marks on the over lay. Black for 2 eyes and for the two prominent bands in the middle parts. Fluorescent orange for the end of the tail and tips of the claws.

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