Orvis Fly Fishing
What Are Crayfish And Why Do Bass Like Them?
Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans that look just like miniature lobsters, to which they are related (taxonomically). They are members of the Astacoidea and Parastacoidea families. Crayfish inhabit a huge range of locations and water conditions from muddy bogs to gin-clear free flowing streams. Some species are found in brooks and streams where there is running fresh water, while others thrive in swamps, ditches, and rice paddies. Crayfish are omnivores and can eat both living and dead animals and plant matter. Crayfish are quite prolific when the environmental conditions allow, and they represent a huge food source for all types of freshwater fish. Typically encased in their hard shell, crayfish periodically shed their outer skin in order to grow larger. Crayfish patterns are always a good option to fish, but especially important during the time of the year when they are molting.
When Crayfish molt
Bass especially love crayfish because
How do I fish with a crayfish fly?
Crayfish are very distinct in their movements. There is nothing else out there in the river or pond that swims the way a crayfish does. Therefore, there is a way you should fish with a crayfish imitation.
Crayfish represent a huge base of food for larger fish when they are present in the same waters. Many trout anglers could also benefit from fishing crayfish patterns, as they are available in most trout streams and large trout pay as close attention to them as bass in a pond do. When they are molting, crayfish are large soft snacks for fish to gulp down and are almost irresistible. Big fish always seem to recognize the crayfish as a meal worth tangling with. If you haven't fished a crayfish pattern before, then it's high time to tie one on and give it some hard strips; when the conditions are right, you won't be disappointed!
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