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Crazy Crawdad HPU

This is a crawdad pattern that utilizes a hook that rides hook point up, which is generally used for soft plastics and gear, to achieve weedlessness. Fish this in the summer time for smallies.
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Crazy Crawdad HPU
List of materials
Hook Size 6 (something similar to a Gamakatsu worm hook)50 lb hard monoUTC 140 tying thread in blackSuper glueLead wire .035Olive rabbit zonkerBlack marabouRubber legs in barred green and blackOlive Grande Estaz
Steps

Step 1

Place hook in the vise and attach thread at the point of the hook.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 1

Step 2

Tie in a one inch piece of the rabbit zonker on the far side of the hook.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 2

Step 3

Add an identical piece of zonker to the near side of the hook. Half hitch, then whip finish. Cut tying thread. Coat thread in super glue.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 3

Step 4

Reattach tying thread one hook eye's length from the hook eye.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 4

Step 5

Wrap about a dozen turns of .035 lead wire. Cover the wire with thread. Half hitch, whip finish. Cut tying thread. Coat thread and lead wraps in super glue.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 5

Step 6

Place a piece of 50 lb hard mono about 2 inches in length in the vise. Attach thread near the jaws of the vise. Build up a decent sized thread base here.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 6

Step 7

Add two rubber legs. This mimics antennae or legs. 

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 7

Step 8

Add a tuft of black marabou, which resembles the crawdad's mouth.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 8

Step 9

Tie in the olive estaz at the same place as the legs and marabou.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 9

Step 10

Wrap the estaz forwards while stroking the fibers back, creating a full body. Half hitch, whip finish. Cut the thread. Coat the thread in super glue. Trim both ends of the mono, only trimming the front end after you have judged the length using your hook.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 10

Step 11

Remove the hard mono from the vise and set aside. Place the prepared hook into the vise. Attach your thread, once again, just behind the eye of the hook. Find the orientation of the hard mono you like and clamp it flat with pliers. This is so the hard mono can be easily placed and secured on the hook.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 11

Step 12

Place the hard mono on the hook and secure tight with thread wraps. Trim the rubber legs to just shorter than the rabbit zonker strips. Half hitch, whip finish. Cut the tying thread. Coat the head with super glue.

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 12

Step 13

The rabbit zonkers, rubber legs, and fuzzy body forms a very convincing impersonation of a crawdad. The lead wraps in the front help it to almost stand up and "walk" along the bottom. This fly is a weedless, durable crawdad pattern. Experiment with different color combinations to match the crawfish in your rivers. This fly is meant to be a smallmouth bass pattern but largemouth and brown trout will eat it just as easily.  View more...

Fly tying - Crazy Crawdad HPU - Step 13

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