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    Default THE PINE SQUIRREL CRAWFISH - FOTW - Dec 3, 2012

    THE PINE SQUIRREL CRAWFISH
    There are lots of crayfish patterns (a quick check of the FOTW archives found at least 6 crawfish patterns), and this is understandable when you consider how important this freshwater crustacean is to the diet of many fish species. In waters where the crawfish is plentiful, they make up two-thirds or more of the diet of the adult smallmouth bass. Crawfish also are an important staple to largemouth bass, bluegill, and trout. On a trip to New Orleans a few years ago, I even found them tasty myself!

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    Thanks for posting this crawdad. It's an easy tie, and if fish eat it, and I'm sure they do, that's even better. I saw this posted before and bought the jigheads. All I need to do now is tie some up some for bass. Have you ever fished any olive colored ones?
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    Yes, Ive tied them in olive and black, I have the best luck the orange....
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    Jeff -

    Really neat fly, very well presented.

    Don't suppose I could talk you out of a couple to try on my home water over in Idaho next summer ??

    John
    The fish are always right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnScott View Post
    Jeff -

    Really neat fly, very well presented.

    Don't suppose I could talk you out of a couple to try on my home water over in Idaho next summer ??

    John
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    Arrow How fast is a Pine Squirrel Crawfish ...

    ... you might ask ??

    Left Virginia Monday. Arrived Western Montana Tuesday. Wednesday, it found its way to a crick ...



    ... and that was that ...



    We had a good time, Jeff. Unfortunately, I broke off the PS Crawfish in some nasty structure after catching the one fishy. But he was a nice one ...



    ... well, a bit on the chubby side, but still nice.

    John
    The fish are always right.

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    Can you cast the 1/32oz jighead fly easily with a 5 wt?
    David Merical
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishnDave View Post
    Can you cast the 1/32oz jighead fly easily with a 5 wt?
    Dave -

    For anything other than very small nymphs, I go to a fast action Sage Fli 9' for 7 wt rod with a Rio WF7F line and a furled fluoro leader with incorporated tip ring. I usually add about 2' of 2X mono tippet. The furled fluoro leader lets me reposition the indicator quite easily.

    That set up handles two large weighted stonefly nymphs under a large thingamabobber with no problem, and at some distance. It handled Jeff's Pine Squirrel Crawfish under a thingamabobber "easily".

    Regarding repositioning the thingamabobber - if you run the tippet then the leader through the little loop on the indicator, then tie a simple overhand knot over it, the thingamabobber will stay in place quite nicely. When you want to move it up or down the leader, just loosen the overhand knot, open it up, slide the indicator in the desired direction, and then tighten down on the knot.

    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnScott View Post
    That's a beautiful fish, John!
    David Merical
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    Great pic, my new desktop!

    FYI re rod selection, I use a BVK 6wt with a wf7f SA bass line to cast the craw and indicator and it works fine for me.
    Last edited by pillcaster; 12-14-2012 at 06:20 PM.
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