Full Motion Crayfish
by Ken Collins - December 29, 1999
A solid thread base and a drop of Super Glue helps keep the eyes in place. This fly will ride hook point up, a real bonus for a bottom crawling crayfish imitation.
The orange antron is very visible and helps fish see the fly. The rabbit fur makes for more motion up front. The furry foam makes a realistic shell back of real crayfish. It can be tied in a variety of colors to match local crayfish. Tan, beige, rust, olive and brown are favorite colors.
Rabbit fur makes for great claws as they have both profile and action. The rubber legs add more motion and realism to the fly. The rabbit body also makes for a fly with motion and a realistic shape. Pulling the rabbit fur forward before ribbing the fly will make for a neater fly. Do not worry about trapping fibers under the abdomen. This area is supposed to be thin in profile. The finished fly sinks well with the hook point up out of the rocks and with a realistic action.
Couple this with it's realistic profile and this crayfish pattern will help you catch more fish.