Smallmouth candy

I don’t usually do this, but I’m going to share a concept/work-in-progress. What do we know? The Hous is high and it’s loaded with rusty crayfish which smallies eat. I’ve done precious little bottom bouncing with crayfish patterns, and I want to explore that. So: dumbbell eyes, inverted hook, lots of marabou = lots of motion, rusty/orange/red/brown/green colors, a little flash. We’ll see what the focus group thinks.

No name yet, not even the final materials and colors, but if I were a smallmouth, I’d chow down.


14 comments on “Smallmouth candy

  1. Manny says:

    Nice Steve — now I’ll have to do an articulated version !

  2. Paul Ferri says:

    The “Rusty Craw”. Kinda like SpongeBob’s Krusty Krab. Too bad it’s not a crab fly

  3. Erik says:

    Reminds me of an Intruder style steelhead fly…

  4. Frank says:

    Those look great Steve! I have some barred rabbit strips in that color. I’m gonna be a “copy cat” 😄 and tie something similar to yours.


  5. david says:

    Yes, it will definitely catch! I’ve been rewarded with some nice size smallies by focusing more on the bottom. Yes, you might loose more flies but it is very rewarding.

  6. WillK says:

    Steve, that will work. There is zero doubt. It’s simple, has all the ingredients. Smallies, and probably any other fish in the rivers and lakes you fish, will eat that solidly.

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