Moose Maine Crayfish - Part 1
At one of this year's fly-shows back in March I ran into Stan Fudala from Bedford, New Hampshire in the USA who is a fly-tying instructor and also a certified fly-casting instructor. He was tying a crayfish pattern that looked like it would be great for big trout, chub and carp used to crunching down on such things so I persuaded him to tie one for us at Fish and Fly. Here then are the step-by-step instructions in Stan's own words. We have split this into two parts to keep the length more manageable.
6x long straight ring eye streamer hook
Burnt mono for the eyes or any other suitable substitute
Ring-neck pheasant church-window feathers for the claws and legs
Vinyl ribbing for the final overwrap on the tail
Chenille for the underbody
The remaining material should be around 1/2 inch long, take flexible cement and place it on each feather and then draw them through your finger and thumb to form the claw or tear drop shape, place these aside and let them dry. Tie in a small bunch of moose mane with the tips facing back about 1 inch past the bend of the hook to give the appearance of the feelers on the crayfish. After this is done place the claws facing backward and about 1 inch or so past the bend and tie them in under the eyes one side at a time, use caution as to not let the claws roll too much at this point.
Next trim the fibers along the shaft and close so that around 3/8 to 1/2 inch of feather remains perpendicular to the shaft of the feather. Tie the legs onto the top of the long segment of moose mane that is on the fly in such a manner that the but of the shaft is facing towards the back of the hook and leave around 1/8 of an inch of trimmed material exposed over the point and the barb.
The secret is to wrap the material with a little space in between each wrap, go beck as far as where the claws are tied in and then return the wraps into the small spaces left in between the first set this will fill in the underbody and not add bulk. After you wrap back to where the chenille was first tied in stop and tie off the body and trim the excess material.
Continued in Part 2...
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