Archive for January 2012

New Squirrel Tail Crayfish Carp Fly Patterns


Carp Fly Patterns Squirrel tail Crayfish flies

New Squirel Tail Crayfish Patterns

I’ve been tying a fishing small crayfish flies for the last 3 years with great success, especially with grass carp.  Eventually I came to tie them almost exclusively with squirrel tail claws and dubbed bodies.  These flies have a great action in the water despite looking stiff on land.  These New Carp patterns are tied slightly different from my typical rough dub craw in that I’ve tied the claws into the front of the the flies.  This gives the fly a shell backed look, and a stealth bomber profile which will aid in the flies stability and hook point up ride.  There are actually four styles of crayfish fly pictured above.  A mid body claw tie in, a head tie in, and two styles of tailed crayfish.  One with tail above hook eye and one with the tail below providing slightly different action in the water.  For those of you interested I have a youtube video up describing how to tie these in detail.

Mid Body Claw Craw Carp Fly

Carp Fly Crayfish pattern

Mid Body Claw Craw

This Carp pattern is a simple variation of my standard rough dub craw, tied with  smooth dubbing, two rubber antennae, and claws tied in just behing the bead chain eyes and finished with more dubbing.  All in all I think it looks pretty edible don’t you?


Head Claw Craw Carp Fly

Carp flies that look like crayfish

Head Claw Craw Carp Fly

This Carp fly took me a second to get right.  You’ve got to make sure you tie the eyes on far enough back on the  shank or you will run out of room.  Also, make sure to use head cement at the base of the claws to keep them from pulling out and to provide definition to the claws.  I brush the dubbing out a bit and cut flat on bottom for a stable fly in the water and on the mud.


Top Tail Craw Carp Fly

Top Tail Crayfish Carp fly

The top tail carp fly is easier to tie, and may look more realistic, though realism is seldom hyper critical.  I’ve not fished this fly but tying it on shouldn’t bee too hard if your using a loop knot, you always use a loop knot right?  For those of you using a mono loop knot check out my video on connecting your fly with a perfection loop (you probably connect your tippet with one why not your fly too? its easy and fast!).  The fact that you dont have to finish the head is what makes this fly easier to tie.  Whip fishing and cement, then trim you tail and your done.


Top Tail Crayfish Carp Fly

Top Tail Crayfish Carp Fly


Bottom Tail Carp Crayfish Fly

Carp fly pattern with tail under hook eye

Bottom Tail Carp fly

The Bottom tail Carp fly is just slightly different.  When tying this fly tie the squirrel tail in on the side of the the shank just behind the eye.  Once you’ve got both claws in and adjusted add some cement  and fan out the tail evenly and trim.  It may be possible to bend the fibers back under the fly and secure for the tail under look if you wish, probably a little too complicated for me though.


Carp fly crayfish pattern with tail under hook eye

Bottom Tail Carp fly

Bass are Bigger and Easier to Catch on a Fly?

This article in Field & Stream is quite interesting and true!  If only I had a picture of that bass i caught two years ago dragging a little weedless size 6 or 8 rough dub craw on the bottom “blind fishing for Carp”.  Yeah, blind fishing for Carp! The Author also brings up another great point about guys in over juiced powerboats chucking huge spinner baits, how true(IMHO).  Any opinions out there? Keep it clean please.

Rusty Brown Carp Flies

Well, I decided to take some time off from tying up orders and tie for “myself”…are the puff balls finished flies do you think?  Perhaps some dubbing to complete the head?  Simple is always Best NO?  Thoughts comments always welcome.  I’m sure there will be a lot more of where these came from.


The Half Prince Carp Ball Fly

carp fly fishing pattern

Barred Marabou 1/2 Prince? Hmm?


Here we’ve got about 4 barred marabou feathers wrapped on the shank giving a great looking puff ball Carp pattern.  I added a couple rubber legs to spice this one up a bit giving it a sort of Carp fisherman’s prince nymph look.   I think Its a bit bare on the head but I’ve had good luck with similar flies.


The Creeping Zonker Carp Fly

carp fly fishing flies

Creeping Zonker Rusty Brown


Here’s a fly that’s already in the fly store, the Creeping Zonker.  I  tied this up with some recently acquired rusty brown rabbit strips.  I like this pattern with or without legs, its sure to be a hit with the Carp, Catfish, Bass,and even Trout.  I catch some really nice hybrid Bass, and Freshwater Drum on this type of fly where I fish.


The Full Prince Carp Ball Fly

Carp fly fishing pattern

Barred marabou full Prince

Another  Barred Marabou puff ball, this ones got legs in the back to complete the Carp fisher’s “prince nymph” style fly.  I can’t imaging any self respecting carp letting this one get away.


Rabbit Bugger Carp Fly

simple brown rabbit Carp fly

Simple Rusty Brown

This Carp Pattern is tied like the Creeping Zonker above only the body is made from the same piece of rabbit strip the forms the tail, wrapped on like dubbing or hackle.  I’ve trimmed the bottom of this one for a stable fly with a flat base, though that’s  likely unnecessary as soft as rabbit fur is.


Carp Fly Patterns Fresh From the Bench

Found some new materials laying around in the stash, dubbed up a couple larger patterns for Carp, Catfish, or Bass.  Simple patterns are always nice, the muddler style fly has potential, didn’t get this one quite right.  Also picked up a bunch of new yarn in orange and red for some new dubs and a bunch of different color rabbit strips, hooks, new scissors, all at a sweet discount.  Thank E!  Dare not say the name, you never know who’s going to be reading.   More patterns coming soon.  Just wanted to post a couple pics fore i hit the slopes.


Carp fly with sparkle dub bead chain eyes on stainless

Sparkle Dub Big Bugger for a Simple Carp Fly

Carp Fly Muddler Pattern

Carp Muddler Possibility