Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

Taking time this winter to revise some of my fly designs. Here's gen. II of the Sipsey Claw Craw which is my version of the red swamp crawfish.

Recipe:

  • Bucktail: natural, brown or red
  • #2 main hook
  • #4 stinger hook
  • gold bead chain for eyes
  • 50 lbs mono for the stinger hook
  • brown yarn for body
  • 3mm rattle for the underbody

Red bucktail would work. The brown portion of the bucktail would have a red tint, thus more accurately matching the raw swamp crawfish's color pattern.

Views: 217

Replies to This Discussion

It's nice and easy, basic materials - unlike many craw patterns.
This is like one I tried this season. I used a mix of bucktail and silly legs, and it caught a few fish. but I didn't pursue it.
How does it work with dumbell eyes?

I haven't had a chance to fish it yet, so who knows. As with all my flies, I'll be tipping it with cut bait, cured livers of something.

The ones I tied were about size 10, weighted with small dumbells. I've never seen a crawfish in the lake, but I reckon something like them must exist.
Maybe I'll remember to tie some soon.

Nice looking tie... I like that stinger hook

Yeah, the stinger hook is the way to go, especially when trolling and drifting. I used to get such short strikes, I had to come up with something. Read about tandem hooks in the "Fly Tyer's Benchside Reference" and gave it a shot.

YOU MEAN LIKE SOME OF THESE DAMON ??   I TIED UP SEVERAL OF THESE FOR BOTTOM BOUNCING FOR SAUGER;; SOME ;; JUST FOR TROLLING-- FOR WHAT EVER DECIDES TO HIT !   THE COLORED GLASS BEADS; ARE FROM WAL- MART CRAFT DEPT;; SIZE; 6/0;; HOOKS;; ARE GENERALLY; SIZE 6;S;; OR 8;S  JUST DEPENDING ON WHICH I PICK UP TO USE

Deadly, Carl. What weights were the sinkers.

DAMON;; THESE ARE 1/4 WEIGHTS   WHEN I FISH FOR SAUGER;; I USUALLY HAVE TO USE MUCH HEAVIER WEIGHTS; SOME  UP TO ONE OUNCE;; SO;; USING A SNAP SWIVEL;; MAKES FOR CHANGING WEIGHTS A LOT FASTER AND EASIER...  SAUGER;; MUCH PREFER VERY FAST MOVING WATER !

Nice! Do you run nightcrawlers?

DAMON;; I MOSLY USE NITE CRAWLERS ; CONSTANTLY;; HOWEVER;; GOING FOR SAUGER; ITS MINNOWS !  THATS WHEN THE STINGER HOOK COMES IN TO PLAY !   IVE USED THESE RIGS ; MANY YEARS AGO; HAD FANTASTIC LUCK WITH THEM;; I JUST MIGHT BREAK THESE BACK OUT THIS YEAR !   VERY OFTEN;; YOU CAN CATCH 2 FISH; AT ONE TIME;; FILLS UP A LIVE WELL FASTER THAT WAY !

I gotta get back to raising nightcrawlers.

RSS

Latest Activity

Bruce Tomaselli commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
11 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

A Great November Sunrise in Coastal North Carolina…….11/19/2022

"Thanks….sights like this is one of the reasons I love fishing! The adventure side of…"
yesterday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Sunset at our Favorite Haunt on the Outer Banks….11/11/2022

"Thanks Dick, we love to vacation in this area….."
yesterday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

electiondcr16115

"Thanks Dick -Greg and I got into these and Bullheads pretty good in October and November ! Merry…"
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

electiondcr16115

"Awesome quality black. "
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"Another quality piece of work. He never ceases to amaze me."
yesterday
Tim Overbaugh commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"Thanks for all the kind words. Yes, this is a true giant of the freshwater sunfish world. It…"
Nov 28
jim cosgrove commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"Awesome job Tim,I remember that catch.I got one closed to 2 and was just shocked when i got it…"
Nov 27
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group East coast Ice fisherman
"No Bruce , thinking way ahead to January. Earliest I've ever ice fished is…"
Nov 25
Bruce Tomaselli commented on John Sheehan's group East coast Ice fisherman
"Do you have ice in your area?"
Nov 25
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's group The Big and Ugly
"While Crappie Fishing the good sized Bullheads showed up or a Double hookup…"
Nov 25
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group East coast Ice fisherman
"Anyone here using Schooley Reels and Rods . I want to try this if I can find my old cheap Eagle…"
Nov 25
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

electiondcr16115

"Thank you Troy ! Happy Fishing!"
Nov 25
Troy Dorman commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

electiondcr16115

"That's a dandy!"
Nov 24
Troy Dorman commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"What a fish!! Your work is superior!!!"
Nov 24
John Sheehan commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"Very Artistic! Amazing Fish!"
Nov 22
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"This is an incredible fish and nobody can create a masterpiece like Tim can……He…"
Nov 22
Bruce Tomaselli commented on Tim Overbaugh's photo
Thumbnail

World Record Redear Sunfish 2021

"What a beautiful mount and fish. You both did a good job."
Nov 22

© 2022   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service