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Old 11-17-2003, 02:13 PM
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Crawdad Underside

Same fly, viewed from underneath
Hook: TMC 300 or equivalent (long shank)
Claws: Pheasant body tied in first, use flexament to shape the claws
Eyes: Large plastic balck, yied in second
Antenna: 3 inch long rubber hackle, medium, tied in third
Body: this is the trick;
1- close to the claws, tie in raffia, orange or light brown for the underside,
2- then tie in a hen hackle (at the base of the hackle),with lots of fiber at the base.
3- tie in 5 inches of large copper or similar wire for the ribbing
4- form a dubbing loop about 5 inches long, dub with coarse antron (I use polar bear underfur) the coarser the better for a really squraggly body.
5- double wrap the eye end of the hook with about 3/4 inch of lead or weight, leave about 1/2 inch to finish the fly, this makes the claw end of the fly suspend a little higher than the eye end when sitting on the bottom of the water in a lake
With all of this in place, wrap the dubbing shaping the fly along the shank, large to smallerthen warp the the hackle fibres for 1/3 of the fly, next pull the raffia on the underside and overwrap this with the ribbing/copper wire, leave enough raffia at the eye to create a fan shape
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