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Old 10-03-2005, 02:44 PM
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Got Crappie Fly Recipes?

Just picked up some materials at the local fly shop for tying minnow patterns and they included soft grey hackles about 4-5 inches with marabou at the quill end, some enameled pearl eyes, crystal flash in peacock and will add buck tail and or fox tail to contrast the light gray hackle. I may tie in a herle on each side for a lateral line. Anybody specifically targeting Black Crappie? If so what flies work well. I'm still a beginning tier and caster and have only caught crappie on the fly once before with a friend last month on gummie flies that he had. They were real effective from my canoe by short casting them with floating line as the breeze pushed us across the pond with no stripping of line. Any ideas would be great. I may try to make some gummies too with a strip of minnow shaped pop-tart mylar embedded in silcone goop with a hook and eyes attached also embedded.....maybe.... depends on how messy it gets.
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Old 10-03-2005, 05:12 PM
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you sound right on track with your materials, especially minnow imitating shiny materials and materials with alot of movement.

There are few people who target crappie specifically enough to create unique patterns for them, but a standby for me is any sparkle wooly bugger in sizes 12- 8, its shiny enough to grab their attention and the flowing movement of the marabou entices the bite more readily. My recomondation is to be creative with your tying and find what works for crappie in your area.

heres my recipe for a fly thats been producing well for me in my neck of the woods.

hook- Daichi 1270 or similar bend long shanked hook in size 12
gold bead head
rubber legs
collar- black ostrich herl and a peacock herl wrapped at the same time
tail- black goose biots
the rest of the body is medium black wapsi wire and peacock krystal flash
the fly is similar to a rubber leg copper john but with more movement
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Old 10-04-2005, 10:08 AM
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Crappie have relatively large mouths for their size, so I use hooks up to size 4 for them. Standard flies like clouser minnows, wooly buggers, and any minnow imitating pattern work well. Sometimes a buggy subsurface pattern such as a bully spider will also get them.

I have always, always done better with crappie when using bright attractor colors such as white, yellow, chartruese, and pink in my flies. These color schemes really seem to get their attention around here, but then again I don't fish in super clear water.

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Old 10-04-2005, 03:23 PM
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Lots of good advice above. Stick with bright colors and let the fly sit. Crappie like to hit a motionless target. A bright unweighted or lightly weighted woolly bugger that suspends in the water will pull them in all day.
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Old 10-04-2005, 03:37 PM
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Yeah but you still catch more fish than I ever do I am just a crappy angler.

May have to let you borrow my boxes for a few months you can you add a little of that Mukai crappiness to mine.


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