The Schlapster Craw Carp Fly

Carp fly crayfish

The Schlapster

This little crayfish fly has a number of inspirations but Sean Hudson’s mud bugger tie definitely comes to mind.  The fly has been tweaked, tapered and swiss straw wrapped both top and bottom, add some copper rib if your anal.  The toughest part of the fly for me is keeping the size reasonable, this one is a size 6.  The fly started with rubber and crystal flash antennae plus a sprig of squirrel tail, followed by two colors of swiss straw, a lighter color for the belly and a darker shade for the back.  I then used a root beer schlappen at the back/head of the fly for the “claws” and went to various bugger sized hackles for the rest of the body being sure to back wrap each to keep them pointed back/forward whatever, you get my drift.  The final hackle was smaller and not back wrapped.  To finish the fly,  split the fibers and pull the straw through on both top and bottom.  All in all I like this fly and it will get tested sometime soon, though I have very few doubts about the viability of the pattern.


Carp flies the schlapster

Top side view


Carp flies Pattern

Shclapster dry



One Response to 'The Schlapster Craw Carp Fly'

  1. Gregg Martin says:

    I feel in love with Sean’s Mud Bugger and now have many and many variations. You did well with his design I’d say.


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