Tying Video – Whitlock’s NearNuff Crawfish

A friend of mine reached out to me a week or so ago and asked if I could tie up some NearNuff Crawfish patterns for him.  I have been fishing this pattern for the last 20 years or so, mostly for the Smallmouth Bass here in the Midwest, and it is one of my favorite flies.  It was created by Dave Whitlock for fishing to the trout and bass in the White River in Arkansas.  We don’t have too many trout here in Indiana but we sure do have LOTS of Smallmouth Bass and they love crawdad patterns.

The fly itself is easy to tie but has many steps so it can be a bit intimidating to most fly tiers.  Like most flies that look real complicated once you break it down to it’s various steps it doesn’t seem so difficult.  There are even a few items that can be left out of the fly to make it even simpler and quicker to tie.  However, I like all the pieces and parts and very much enjoy tying this fly.  I published a video on YouTube on tying the NearNuff Crawfish and also wrote a step by step article on Dressed Irons.  I recommend you watch the video and read the article before tying this fly, if you have never tied it before.  Understand, your first few attempts may not look that great but they will still catch fish.  This is one of those flies that seems to work better and better the more “chewed” up they get.  Don’t discard those first few attempts, go fish them!

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can.   Enjoy!

The next few flies I have planned are quicker and easier flies to tie (I promise).  We’ll take a break from the long flies.

Remember…..  It’s Fly tying…..  If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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