Published Dec 16. 2021 - 2 years ago
Updated or edited Dec 17. 2021

Mini McCraw Fly

This is a crayfish fly I created to fish in South Texas. Here the bass love crayfish, especially small crawfish. But they work great for a number of species here like Rio Cichlids, sunfish, bluegill, and more. I also have had great luck fishing for trout in both lakes and streams. In fact I caught a number of rainbow trout and brown trout up in Utah with this fly, along with a 2lb bass. I also sell flies, and have sold this to a number of my customers around the United States. Ive had reports from my customers that this fly works great everywhere they fish it. Of course its limited to water systems with crawdads in them. From Trout, to Bass, and even a few reports of some saltwater fish taking this fly. I guess in those instances it mimicked a shrimp.

I do find a long shank, heavy wire, jig hook is hard to find. However there are a few out there. You do not have to use the fire hole sticks hooks I used here, however they are great hooks. They are barbless though, and if you want a barb, I know a few manufacturers make barbed jig hooks with longer shanks. The materials in general are able to be swapped out as well. For instance the Swiss straw, it can be swapped out for mylar, bug back, and anything else you want. But I find Swiss straw has some properties I really like for the fly.

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Hook: Firehole Sticks 523 (size 8-10) -
Bead: Firehole Sticks slotted Tunsten Beads (color: almond joy, size 4.0mm) -
Thread: Veevus 6/0 (brown) -
Flash: Midge Crystal Flash (gold) -
Legs: Nymph Sili Legs (orange barred) -
Flashy Dubbing: UV2 Diamond Brite (rust orange) -
Claws: Whiting Chickabou (grizzly brown) -
Shell: Swiss Straw (brown) -
Body: Brahma soft hackle (mottled brown) -
Collar dubbing: Antron dubbing (brown) -
Head Cement: Loon water based -
UV Resin: Solarez Ultra Thin -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Trimming Scissors: Risen 4" Razor Scissors -
Fine Tip Scissors: Risen Spring Assist Scissors -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -
UV Light: Ultrafire UV Super Power -

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