Warmwater Fly of the month: June, 2003 - Duade Hada's Crawfish

Tying Duane Hada's Crawfish

#4 Hada's Crawfish

(Tied By Duane Hada)

The Hada Crawfish


Duane Hada
Duane Hade is a lifelong fisher having started at the age of nine. Duane is a guide, to the most beautiful fishing spots in the Ozarks for warm water smallmouth bass fishing. Or try trout fishing in the cold tailwaters of the White River, below Bull Shoals Dam, or the Little Red River below Greers Ferry Dam.

Duane has taught fly tying and fly fishing through several college and university courses and in conjunction with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, as well as having taught many individuals and club groups. He is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor. A variety of fishing presentations, including casting clinics and fly tying,

A recipient of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's "Master Angler Award," Duane is the first and only person to date to catch all qualifying fish on fly tackle. He has been featured on nationally syndicated shows such as "The Fishing Hole," and "Fly Fishing America" and is a coach to the US Youth Fly Fishing Team.

Duane's adventures have taken him to Alaska after trophy rainbows and salmon and to the Florida Keys for tarpon and permit. He has fished for redfish and "specks" in the Gulf of Mexico and exotic bonefish and trevally in the waters off Christmas Island. Despite fishing many exciting destinations, he still is at home and equally happy when he guides on the Arkansas tailwaters and wild smallmouth bass streams that were his boyhood haunts.

Duane's day to day contact with the sport of fly fishing fuels his inspiration and creativity as an artist. Duane's painting of the fishing world are high sought by clients and collectors for their realism and attention to accuracy. Rivertown Gallery is the realization of a lifelong dream of Duane and his wife, Marlene, to showcase the art of fly fishing and the Ozark landscape. Rivertown Gallery will offer extraordinary attractions at a single location. Along with Duane's original art, the gallery will feature works of world renowned fly fisher, instructor and author Dave Whitlock. Also featured will be Signature Series flies by internationally known fly tyer Davy Wotton, beautiful trout carvings by Gary Turner and the pen and ink art of Tanya Watkins.

Located in historic downtown Cotter, Rivertown Gallery is also the location for Riverbend custom framing, which features quality framing and fly plates. Mark and Nancy Schuyler, owners of Riverbend Custom Framing, will offer quality framing of prints, photos, needlepoint and flyplates. With over twenty years experience, they bring a unique.

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Hook: Tiemco 300 #4.
Thread: Rust 6/0
Legs: Rust color Hen Pheasant
Claws: Rust/Orange color Hen
Shell: 3/8 Wide Clear Lastin
Body: Crawdub-Softshelf, Olive, Gray
Tail: Rust Rabbit
Back Weight: Med Hour Glass Lead Eyes
Eyes: Medium Black Mono
Antenna: Medium Orange Spaflex
Rib: Medium Brassie Wire

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Step 1: Lay a foundation of thread right behind the eye of the hook with the length being about a little bit longer than the width of the lead eye.

Step 2: Attached the Lead Eyes on to the hook with using the figure 8 technique.

Step 3: Move your thread to the end of the shank even with the barb of the hook.

Step 4: Attached the MonoEyes on to the hook with using the figure 8 technique.

Step 5: Attach a piece of orange Spanflex (antenna) right hind the mono eyes toward the bend of the hook.

Step 6: Trim the antenna to about 2 inches.

Step 7: Cut off a tuff (about the length from the hook bend to the point of the hook) of rabbit fur.

Step 8: Secure the rabbit fur to the shank of the hook right behind the mono eyes.

Step 9: Cut a stip of Lastin about a little longer than the length of the hook.

Step 10: Tapper the end of the Lastin and tie it on to the shank of the hook behind the mono eyes but not to close to the eyes.

Step 11: Make three equal piles of Olive, Gray and Softshell Crawdub.

Step 12: Blend the three colors together either by hand or with a coffee grinder.

Step 13: You newly blend dubbin.

Step 14: Apply a small portion of budding on to the thread.

Step 15: Wrap the dubbing around the mono eye and stopping in front of the eyes

Step 16: Select two well marked hen feathers.

Step 17: Secure the feathers to the side of the shank of the hook with a feather being on the left and right side and the tips pointing toward the rear of the hook. Also attached a long piece of brassie wire on to the shank of the hook.

Step 18: Rotate (place) the hook up side down. Select one well marked pheasant feather and tie it on to the top of the hook shank with the dull side facing toward the eye of the hook.

Step 19: Now apply the dubbing to the thread. You can "bulk up" the dubbing on to the thread.

Step 20: Work the dubbing to the front of the hook to about right behind the lead eyes. NOTE: The body should be tappered like a carrot. Thicker at the rear and tappered smaller toward the front of the hook.

Step 21: Stroke back the barbs on the pheasant hen feather. Bring the pheasant hen feather forward over the top of the dubbing.

Step 22: Secure the feather on to the hook with thread behind and in front of the lead eyes.

Step 23: Apply a small amount of dubbing on to the thread.

Step 24: Wrap the dubbing around the lead eyeship finish in fron fo the lead eyes.

Step 25: Trim off the hen pheasant feather by leaving about 3/8 of an inch of the feather.

Step 26: Whip finish and apply head cement.

Step 27: Turn the fly over and start picking out the dubbing. This will loosen up the fibers.

Step 28: rotate the fly over. Pull the Lastin over top of the pheasant hen feather.

Step 29: Pulling the Lastin through the eye of the hook.

Step 30: Making 5 turns of the brassie wire. Wrap the wire forward over the Lastin and between the pheasant hackle and end in from of the lead eye and behind the eye of the hook.

Step 31: Whip finish the wire and trim off any excess wire.

Step 32: Trim of the Lastin leaving about 1/2 of the Latisn as a lip.

Step 32: Finished pattern.