Tuesday, May 3, 2022

May 9th tying - Mays Full Motion Crawfish

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, May 9, 2022

5:00pm -  casting on back lawn
6:30pm - session begins
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

This month, we'll  tie the May's  Full Motion Crawfish.  Ontario-based guide Steve May, with the help of fellow guide Ken Collins, developed this fly with trophy smallmouth in mind. Of course,, it works great for largemouth and spotted bass also, as well as carp.

Darin Lee of Opelousas tied this pattern (shown in photo) at the Red Stick Fly Fishers club Red Stick Day event in early March.  While the pattern includes quite a few different materials (see below), most are pretty straightforward to tie on.  Black, brown, rust, or orange thread in 140 denier or 6/0 will work well, though 70 denier will also work.

All materials will be provided, and we have several sets of tools for any who do not have their own.  As always, beginners and guests are welcome!

May’s Full-Motion Crawfish material list:

  • Gamakatsu Jig 60 degree hook size #1
  • Hareline Brass Dumbbell Eyes – black/medium (use different sizes, lead, or bead-chain for different sink rates)
  • Fuzzy Foam – Crawfish Orange – cut to about a hook gap wide and 1” longer than hook
  • Pheasant Tail fibers – natural.  (Sub tan Voodoo fibers for more durable antennae)
  • Antron Yarn – black
  • Cross-cut rabbit strips – crawfish orange
  • Silicone legs orange/orange-black flake
  • Mono eyes (any color) or plastic shrimp eyes – black. 
  • Hareline Hare’e Ice Dub – brown