Tying the Crawfish Bite

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It's time for another Tuesday Tie!  We missed a week last week due to those crazy winter storms.  I lost power for a couple days, but made it out much better than many people I know.  I hope you all made it out ok.  

Anyway, trying to get back to a normal routine, today we are tying my Crawfish Bite fly.  I created this fly originally out of a need for a crawfish fly that would last softly, and have movement while fishing it slow, sometimes even sitting still.  I have fished it for about 4-5 years now, and it has caught many bass for me.  Guads, Largemouth, and even two Smallies on the San Marcos River.  Here we tie it up in my favorite color combination for it, Two-Tone Root Beer!

Hope you learn something, and I hope you enjoy!  Be sure to check back every Tuesday for another Tuesday Tie with TFFF!  If you are not up for tying, you can purchase Crawfish Bites here while supplies last.


Ingredients

  • Hook: Size #8 U555 Jig (can go up or down in size)
  • Thread: Red (Can vary for other patterns)
  • Weight: Bead Head (can vary the size, match the fly); Small Black Bead Chain (Eyes)
  • Tail: Golden Brown Marbou (Vary for different variations)
  • Body: Chocolate Brown Vernille (any Chenille will work)
  • Legs: Orange Barred Sili Legs
  • Rib: Thin Wire in Red/Brown (Vary for different color patterns)
  • Bottom Wing: Golden Brown Marabou (Vary for different color patterns)
  • Top Wing: Root Beer Marabou (vary for matching color)

Steps

  1. Place a bead head on the hook and place the hook in the vice.
  2. Wrap a base of thread down the shank, from behind the bead to the bend.
  3. Select a small bunch of Marabou and tie it in at the bend of the hook for the tail of the fly.  I usually tie it with the tail equal to the length of the hook.  Leave the excess marabou and wrap it onto the hook shank to "build up" the body.
  4. Take two black bead chain eyes and wrap them in just above the tail.  Add a dab of super glue to hold them in place.  Wrap to secure.
  5. Wrap your wire rib, from the bead head all the way down to the tail.  Be carful to run the wire down the base of the fly.  Leave the wire stick out the back of your fly with the tail
  6. Tie in your chanille body, and leave it sticking out the back of the fly as well.  
  7. Wrap your thread up the shank of the hook until you are about 1/8 in. past the bead-chain eyes.
  8. Start wrapping the chanille to build the body up the hook shank.  Wrap around the bead-chain eyes, and complete two full wraps past the eyes.  Take two thread wraps to secure the chanille at this point.
  9. Take two Sili Legs, double them over so that you have all four ends, and tie the legs in on one side just behind the chanille.  Bring the other ends over and tie them in on the other side.  Lift up and trim them to equal lengths.  I like mine to be just short of the end of the tail. 
  10. Wrap your thread all the way up the hook shank, to just behind the bead head.
  11. Continue to wrap the chanille to build your body all the way up to the bead head.  Wrap it to secure, and trim off the excess.  
  12. Take your wire for the rib, push it back to the bead-chain eyes, and wrap one full wrap just behind the eyes.  This help the eyes to be more visible.
  13. Then continue in equally spaced wraps , to bring the wire up the the bead head.  Wrap it to secure and break it off.
  14. Flip the fly over in the vice.
  15. Select a small bunch of your tail colored marabou for the bottom part of the wing, and wrap it in.
  16. Select another small bunch of marabou in your second color (usually darker) and wrap it in right on top of the bottom wing.
  17. Clean up the excess marabou, make a few wraps to secure everything, clean it up a bit, and create a "hot-spot" for the fish to key on.
  18. Whip finish, cut your thread, and add your fly head cement, and let it dry.
  19. Go fish your fly!
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