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Member Comments:

The Fly was described in Flies, Ties, & Techniques: A Practical Guide To Tying 50
Irresistible Flies by Charles Jardine (ISBN-10: 0-7641-3906-1) which I recommend for fly
tying ideas.

Glen Gammill

Clauser Crawfish, from Paul McCain


Thread: 6/0 to match back
Weight: Lead wire
Antennae: Pheasant tail barbs
Nose: 8 or 10 ringneck tail fibers cut short
Claws: Two hen or wild game flank feathers
Back: Felt
Body: Light green dubbing
Legs: Grizzly or dun hen hackles

Tying Instructions:

  • Attach thread to hook and wind to bend.

    • Lash shank-length pieces to both side of
      hook shank

      • Attach 3 or 4 pheasant tail barbs to make
        antennae. Over them, tie in a small bunch
        of tail fibers for the nose. Cut to 1/4 inch.

        • Attach strip of felt facing backwards.

          • Wrap small amount of dubbing for head.

            • Prepare flank feathers in a "V" shape. Tie
              in two layers of feathers so that each side
              of the "V" is on the side of the head to
              form the claws.

              • Fold felt over top, then tie off.

                • Wrap thread to eye of the hook. Attach
                  hackle then dub the head.

                  • Wrap thread back to head, then reverse
                    wrap the hackle to the head.

                  • Fold felt over top of body.

                  • Wrap thread in open spirals to make ribs.Whip finish and then trim crayfish tail.



Member's Comments:This fly is on our Housatonic River trip list of recommended flies.


Paul McCain

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