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Now that I've been having some success nymphing, I want to try to land a larger specimen using a crayfish pattern...here is one I tied up on my own. I know some of you have had success fishing crayfish patterns. I weighted it quite heavily with a 6.5 mm tungsten cone and 20 wraps of .25 lead wire on a size 6 hook. A couple of weeks ago, I made a similar one with less weight, and the dubbing/rabbit strips made the sink extremely slow. I plan on tightlining it as a point fly with a smaller baetis/midge offering on dropper. Do you guys dead drift, or strip them in? I am not very excited about its appearance, but was wondering what you guys on here think about its potential effectiveness. I also read somewhere on this forum that there is a "hatch" when fish are keying in on them. What time of year does this happen? Thank you for any help and information. 



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There definitely are cray fish in the creek. I think you kind of want to cast it out, let it sink until it hits the bottom, and then strip it maybe a few inches at a time along the bottom to mimic what an actual cray fish would do - a sinking line would be best to keep it down. They won't really be drifting in the current, but that doesn't mean a trout won't eat it if you drift it. But, if I were trying to drift, I would drift a nymph. If you want to fish a crayfish, you should probably do it in such a way that you are actually mimicking what it would do. Just my .02. Also, be careful if there's an otter around - they love crayfish.

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Also, the crayfish in the creek are quite pink. You'll see their shells around.

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Ive thought about trying crayfish patterns at putah too, i know a lot of folks will dead drift them on the truckee river. Dont think you hook a ton of fish doing it but when you do theyre likely nice fish. Ive got a few dead drift crayfish patterns im going to try on the truckee this weekend. When you referred to a “hatch” skunk extinction, i wonder if people meant during the molting period and if thats a certain time of year or not.

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Also That pattern you tied looks great, bet it sinks like a rock

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I’ve tried crawfish patterns on Putah with no luck. With that said I didn’t try it too many times, its not one of my “ confidence “ go to flies. Kind of like sculpin patterns on the creek . Both are found all over Putah and in some areas in large numbers. I’m not certain if they are a large part of a larger trouts diet here? As far as the color of the crawdads in Putah is concerned, it varies from bluish green to burnt brown and orange. 



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