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 Post subject: Crawdad
PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 9:28 pm • # 1 
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Crawfish Jig

I hope this will be of some use to you fishermen and fisher ladies. Les asked me if I would provide a step by step and I was more than happy to try. I hope I explained it well enough for you to follow.

I start with a 1/8 oz pill head jig and I paint it with Cover Girl Rogue Red nail polish. I put a total of 2 coats followed by a coat of clear. I let each coat dry completely before coating again. In my case, I do several at a time and let dry overnight between each coat.

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EYES
I start with cheap monofilament and thread an 11/0 seed bead and then melt the mono so the bead doesn't come off. I add a drop of superglue so the bead stays in place.

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FEELERS
Feelers are made from cheap black rubber legs. I start with about a 5" piece that I folded and tied in so each feeler is about 2 1/2" long.

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MUSTACHE
Mustache is made from Rainbow flashabou. I take about 4 to 6 strand and fold over several times until I'm happy with the length. I guess about 2" long before its tied in.
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PINCHERS
I start with a feather from a ring neck pheasant. I peel all the fuzzy off the stem, leaving the top section of feather. To make the pincher, cut a section out. There is a small feather attached to back of the larger feather. take it off and save it. It will be used as soft hackle at the back of the jig to represent legs.

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BODY
The body is made from #2 Rusty Brown Antron Chenille.

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Thread is copper Danville 210 denier.



Ok now to put everything together. This isn't hard to tie, it just has lots of steps. I'll try my best to explain. You could make this in a variety of colors from Orange, Brown, Green, etc. Whatever stage of crawdad you are trying to imitate.

Tie in the eyes with thread stopping about at the point of the hook.
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Tie in the feelers. I tie them right between the eyes.
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Tie in the mustache.

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Tie in the pinchers using the natural curve of the feather.
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Tie in the chenille body.

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Tie in small feather at back and whip finish.

Finished Fly when dry.
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Finished fly when wet
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 Post subject: Re: Crawdad
PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 9:25 am • # 2 
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Very nice SAS,,, thanks for posting.

Crayfish in my area are olive/brown,,, easy color change to a neat design.

Regards,
FK


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 Post subject: Re: Crawdad
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:39 pm • # 3 
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Wow very nice ,where did you find the 1/8 oz pill head jig hooks any info would be great Thanks Mark.


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 Post subject: Re: Crawdad
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:08 pm • # 4 
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I order all my poured jigs from a fellow on Cappiedotcom. He goes by grousefly. That being said, you can take a round jig head and wrap with something to keep from marring it and squeeze with pliers to get the desired shape. Also, it doesn't have to be a pill head, I just used it cause I had a bunch.

Hope that helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Crawdad
PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:19 pm • # 5 
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thanks for the reply Mark.


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 Post subject: Re: Crawdad
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 11:11 am • # 6 
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Great information here guys!


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