Last week I was searching the web for fly patterns for Largemouth Bass, and I ran across a pattern that REALLY caught my eye. Although the colors are different, as near as I could determine that pattern is called May's Clearwater Crayfish. I couldn't find a recipe or tying instructions, only pictures on the Orvis website, where they are sold. Here's a screen capture of the one that I saw in a video that originally caught my eye (its the one on the far right):
The Orvis website shows this:
I did the best I could with trying to figure out how to tie the pattern, and made some material substitutions.
Although the pictures appeared to use a 60-degree jig hook, I used Mustad 32756 90-degree jig hooks. The first one I tied on a #4 hook. I made my own eyes for these. On this one, I used Turkey as the carapace.
Next, I tied one on a #1 Mustad 32756 90-degree jig hooks (#4 and #1 were the only sizes I had). For this one, I used brown Furry Foam for the carapace:
I compared the last two:
Here's a comparison of those crayfish (which as you may have noticed do NOT have claws, but are still unmistakably crayfish), and some of Missouriflies.com "Rough Dub Crayfish" that I tied (if they don't look good, its my fault). My Rough Dub's are smaller in overall size than my May's Clearwater's. The Rough Dubs also have claws, and are MUCH quicker to tie. I like them, too.
I'd still like to figure out how to tie them so they look like the one on the right side of the 3rd picture in this post. For now, I like the May's Clearwater AND the Rough Dub crayfish patterns....so I guess I will keep tying a few of both. And then hopefully I can try them out on the fish later this year!