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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

El Crawcito

A Craw with some junk in the trunk




"Hey...  You want to borrow this stuff for a while?"  Little did Bryan Gregson know that he was rekindling some very bassy spirits that lived deep within my soul.  I gladly accepted the Shimano Curado (the green one...  the GOOD one) and 6'6" baitcasting rod as items that would be on loan for the next 5 years.  See, when I first really started getting into fishing I had one of those donut shaped float tubes that would take me where the bass lived.  I was in heaven.  Casting a bright shiny spinnerbait along the reeds while getting eaten by mosquitoes was my preferred way to spend a day.  After Gregson lent me the baitcaster nearly 8 years after I sold all of my conventional gear, it was a 100% relapse even though I developed into a somewhat decent fly tyer and fisher...  Something about sticking a pig largemouth on a Texas rigged lizard through 3 feet of pure salad made me forget about fishing mayfly hatches on the river.  Ever since that time I have spent roughly 50% of my time pursuing Bassish creatures with the heathen gear.  I loved it then, and I love it now (one of these times you should see the jigs that I make... )

I have preached this before, but fishing with conventional gear made me a better fisherman and a much better fly tyer.  I learned stuff about how fish eat and how to present flies to bass that I would never have dared with a fly.  I also learned that there are things that you can do with a lure that are just plain impossible with a fly.  We can get close...  but flies have limits.  Limits in sight, I wanted to create a good craw imitation that would ride similar to a weeldess jig with a plastic trailer (some might call it a jig n' pig, but there is no pork on this rig). The keys to a good jig are that they fall into place properly (varied weight for different circumstances) and that when they sit still, the legs flare out, and the claws are up in a defensive position.  Easy right??  Not really.  It took many prototypes to finally dial this to where it is, and it will probably go through several more alterations.  What I came up with though is a pretty meaty little bug that rides just how I imagined it should.  It also has a dual weighting system that can be tinkered with to tie flies all the way from a slow falling finesse craw to a fast falling mill stone.  It can also be modified in all types of weedless variations.

The El Sculpito has been one of our best fly patterns, so I stole its chassis and built a more fancy bug on it.  I wanted a bug that had a lot of rabbit, a lot of silicon legs, and a lot of attitude.  Check out the video to see that this bug isn't necessarily a difficult bug to tie, and you will likely tie several in a row, so grab your favorite cold beverage, crank up some good tunes, and glue your butt to your tying station.   (video is under the recipes.)

~ Cheech

Recipes

Orange
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S 1-1/0 (BUY), Partridge Attitude 1-1/0 (BUY), or Allen B200 6-4 (BUY)
Thread: Veevus 10/0 - Hot Orange (BUY HERE)
Barbell eyes: Shiny lead barbell eyes - Large (BUY HERE)
Weighting system: 3x 3.8mm beads or 2x 4.6mm beads (BUY) and articulation wire (BUY)
Antennae 1: Buggy nymph legs - Rootbeer (BUY HERE)
Antennae 2: Senyo's barred predator wrap - UV (BUY HERE)
Claws: Spirit River UV2 dos jailed rabbit - Sculpin (BUY HERE)
Eyes Option 1: 40 pound mono and Loon Thick (BUY), Thin (BUY), Flow (BUY) and Powder - earth tones (BUY)
Eyes Option 2: Epoxy mono eyes - Black (BUY HERE)
Body 1: Palmer Chenille - Rootbeer (BUY HERE)
Body 2: Arizona simi seal - Crawdad (BUY HERE)
Legs: Silicon streamer legs - Speckled pumpkin (BUY HERE)
Weed Guard: 25 to 40 pound mono


Olive
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S 1-1/0 (BUY), Partridge Attitude 1-1/0 (BUY), or Allen B200 6-4 (BUY)
Thread: Veevus 10/0 - Olive (BUY HERE)
Barbell eyes: Shiny lead barbell eyes - Large (BUY HERE)
Weighting system: 3x 3.8mm beads or 2x 4.6mm beads (BUY) and articulation wire (BUY)
Antennae 1: Buggy nymph legs - Olive (BUY HERE)
Antennae 2: Senyo's barred predator wrap - UV (BUY HERE)
Claws: Black barred rabbit strips - Olive variant (BUY HERE)
Eyes Option 1: 40 pound mono and Loon Thick (BUY), Thin (BUY), Flow (BUY) and Powder - earth tones (BUY)
Eyes Option 2: Epoxy mono eyes - Black (BUY HERE)
Body 1: Palmer Chenille - Olive (BUY HERE)
Body 2: Arizona simi seal - Dark olive (BUY HERE)
Legs: Silicon streamer legs - Froggy green (BUY HERE)
Weed Guard: 25 to 40 pound mono

Small Orange
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S 4-2 (BUY), Partridge Attitude 4-2 (BUY), or Allen B200 10-8 (BUY)
Thread: Veevus 10/0 - Hot Orange (BUY HERE)
Barbell eyes: Shiny lead barbell eyes - Medium (BUY HERE)
Weighting system: 3x 3.8mm beads or 2x 4.6mm beads (BUY) and articulation wire (BUY)
Antennae 1: Buggy nymph legs - Rootbeer (BUY HERE)
Antennae 2: Senyo's barred predator wrap - UV (BUY HERE)
Claws: Micro pulsator strips - Black barred crawfish orange (BUY HERE)
Eyes Option 1: 40 pound mono and Loon Thick (BUY), Thin (BUY), Flow (BUY) and Powder - earth tones (BUY)
Eyes Option 2: Epoxy mono eyes - Black (BUY HERE)
Body 1: Palmer Chenille - Rootbeer (BUY HERE)
Body 2: Arizona simi seal - Crawdad (BUY HERE)
Legs: Buggy nymph legs - Rootbeer (BUY HERE)
Weed Guard: 25 to 40 pound mono


Small Olive
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S 4-2 (BUY), Partridge Attitude 4-2 (BUY), or Allen B200 10-8 (BUY)
Thread: Veevus 10/0 - Olive (BUY HERE)
Barbell eyes: Shiny lead barbell eyes - Medium (BUY HERE)
Weighting system: 3x 3.8mm beads or 2x 4.6mm beads (BUY) and articulation wire (BUY)
Antennae 1: Buggy nymph legs - Olive (BUY HERE)
Antennae 2: Senyo's barred predator wrap - UV (BUY HERE)
Claws: Micro pulsator strips - Black barred olive variant (BUY HERE)
Eyes Option 1: 40 pound mono and Loon Thick (BUY), Thin (BUY), Flow (BUY) and Powder - earth tones (BUY)
Eyes Option 2: Epoxy mono eyes - Black (BUY HERE)
Body 1: Palmer Chenille - Olive (BUY HERE)
Body 2: Arizona simi seal - Dark Olive (BUY HERE)
Legs: Buggy nymph legs - Olive (BUY HERE)
Weed Guard: 25 to 40 pound mono


Tools Used:
Stonfo Regular Bobbin (BUY HERE)
Stonfo Elite Rotodubbing Twister (BUY HERE)
Rising Big Nippa (Coming Soon)
Rising Tactical De-Barb (Coming soon)

9 comments:

  1. Nice video! Never been Bass fishing. Might try it out just so I have a reason to tie cool patterns like this one. I thought I heard the voracious growl of a Rattlebass in the background......Meow....Meow

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    1. That was a tamed Honey Badger

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    2. There is now way to tame a Honey Badger......the only thing you can is put them out of their misery.

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  2. For some reason I don't tie a lot of crawfish. That will have to change now. Thanks for the great pattern!

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  3. Just fished this to some picky fish and landed a hog bow on it. Big fish came out of the bank. Everything ignored me until I cast up stream slightly and got a herky jerk retrieve that allowed it to rise and sink near the bottom. Once that happened, 2 fish chased...one was big and won the prize.

    The real standout is the inverted hook. I was dragging it through weedbeds and not a single snag or weed trailer. Amazing. I'd weight it more heavily unless you are fishing really slow water, (3 of the 4mm beads), as its the up and down action, close to the bottom that really did the trick.

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    1. Awesome man! Glad you saw it at work.

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  4. What do you think about tying it with a longer shanked hook? Crawdad's are a pretty long animal. If so is there a hook you like for that?

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