Carp Crawler

Crawl Some Carp into Your Net!

This pattern kind of started out as a bug that was quick to tie and that I could pass out to buddies who were trying to catch carp on size 2 wooly buggers.  I also wanted to create a fly that would gently tickle the bottom as it crawled slowly through the Carpocalypse zone...  It started that way anyway... It ended up being my #1 confidence carp bug, and I have caught fish on it in all kinds of color variations.  The keys to this fly are the hook, leg placement, and weight.  The hook is a Gamakatsu SL45 which is designed to tie inverted hook flies for bonefish - I also just so happens to be an excellent carp hook.  The leg placement is critical because it they help balance the fly correctly with one leg on each side and one in the middle.  The weight needs to change quite a bit based on where you are fishing, and what depth you are fishing.  You don't want something that will plummet and hit the bottom hard.  You want it to fall at a moderate pace, and just "tickle" the bottom.  Tie some of these bad boys up and rip some bugles!


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Hook: Gamakatsu SL45 Bonefish Hook - 4     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 140 Denier - Fl. Shell Pink     
Eyes: Bead Chain Eyes - Black - Large     
Legs: Chicone's Crusher Legs - Brown Barred Clear - Regular     
Body: Whole Squirrel Skin - Natural Fox     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Loon Water Based Head Cement System     
Loon Ergo Bobbin     
Loon Ergo All Purpose Scissors - 4"     
Griffin Montana Mongoose Vise