Although I don’t fish with super realistic patterns, I do enjoy tying them every now and then. If you are starting from scratch, as I did with this crayfish, it takes a little time to actually work out the fundamentals, scale, hook size, proportions, materials and techniques.
I always start with a morphology image from the visual dictionary, this gives you the basic shape, scale, body segment and leg count. Once this is established I select the materials and then try and plan the correct order to put them together. This can be rather like building a piece of IKEA furniture without the instructions, you get half way and realize that you have left something out! and have to start again.
But for those of you that would like to have a go, I have photographed each step of this pattern, trying not to miss anything out and explaining each stage as I go. Although it looks complicated, its not difficult, but does take some time. You can tie it in stages tie up the legs one day, the claws another etc. So give it a go!
If you have any questions post them in the comments box at the foot of the article and i will try and answer them ASAP.
Born in England, Barry Ord Clarke is an internationally acclaimed and much published photographer and writer, including several photographs in the National portrait gallery collection in London. He is a regular contributor to numerous fishing magazines world wide. He has also written, Co written and contributed to more than 30 books about fly fishing and fly tying. He has also won medals in some of the worlds most prestigious fly tying competitions.
Specializing in fly tying/fishing, his photography work has taken him all over the world to more than 40 different countries. He is also consultant to O. Mustad & son, the worlds largest hook manufacture.
For the past 17 years Barry has lived in Norway with his family in the town of Skien, where he spends his free time fishing and elk & deer hunting.
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