Skull Daddy Crayfish The Skull Daddy is a simple crayfish pattern tied using the Fish-Skull® CrawBody and Fish-Skull® Sculpin Helmet. The Skull Daddy is weighted using a Sculpin Helmet to create a very realistic looking fly that gets down to the bottom where crayfish live. You will find it easy to tie, but we have provided detailed step-by-step instructions to get you started. MATERIALS: FLY VARIATIONS #1 #2 FS SKULLDADDY CRAYFISH #3 FS SKULLDADDY CRAYFISH #4 NAME FS SKULLDADDY CRAYFISH FS SKULLDADDY CRAYFISH COLOR BROWN BROWN OLIVE OLIVE HOOK SIZE #2 #4 #2 #4 MATERIALS 1 Fish-Skull Sculpin Helmet, SMALL size (BROWN) Sculpin Helmet, MINI size (BROWN) Sculpin Helmet, SMALL size (OLIVE) Sculpin Helmet, MINI size (OLIVE) 2 Eyes 3.0mm Gold (WIND) 3.0mm Gold (WIND) 3.0mm Gold (WIND) 3.0mm Gold (WIND) 3 Hook #2, 4XL streamer hook, down eye #4, 4XL streamer hook, down-eye #2, 4XL streamer hook, down eye #4, 4XL streamer hook, down-eye 4 Crawbody CRAWBODY - BROWN (LARGE-size) CRAWBODY - BROWN (MEDIUM-size) CRAWBODY - OLIVE (LARGE-size) CRAWBODY - OLIVE (MEDIUM-size) 5 Underbody - Chenille Brown/Tan (varigated) Brown/Tan (varigated) Olive Olive 6 Underbody - Hackle Brown/Grizzly Brown/Grizzly Olive/Grizzly Olive/Grizzly 7 Antenna (Rubberlegs) Thread Dam color Brown Brown Olive Olive Brown Brown Olive Olive 8 TYING INSTRUCTIONS Summary of Tying Steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Fit the Sculpin Helmet and rubberlegs (antenna). Tie in the CrawBody. Secure the Sculpin Helmet in place. Tie in the underbody. Tie down the body. Secure the head and add the eyes. Finishing the fly. FLY TYING INSTRUCTIONS: Step 1: Fit the Sculpin Helmet and rubber legs (antenna). Secure the hook in the vice as shown. Fit 2 long strands of rubber legs through a Sculpin Helmet. Slide the Sculpin Helmet and rubber legs onto the hook (as shown). Slide the Sculpin Helmet past the bend of the hook. Attach your tying thread. Tie in the rubber legs along the length of the hook shank. Lay a good thread base as shown. Step 2: Tie in the CrawBody. The size of the Crawbody should be as shown. Note: The tail should extend slightly past the eye of the hook. Tie in the CrawBody at the tip using 2 or 3 loose thread wraps to hold the body in place. Using your fingers…twist the Crawbody 180 degrees until it is underneath the hook. The CrawBody is now under the hook. Rotate your vice so that the hook point is now facing upwards. Stretch the CrawBody down over the hook and make sure the tail is slightly past the eye of the hook. If you are happy with the position…secure the CrawBody in place with a few more tight thread-wraps. Step 3: Secure the Sculpin Helmet in place. Put a good amount of super glue on the point of the CrawBody head (as shown). Fit the Sculpin Helmet in place and seat firmly in place. Note: Make sure the rubber legs are positioned to the left and right of the hook. Make sure the CrawBody is straight and the tail extends slightly past the hook eye. Tie in the Chenille directly behind the Sculpin Helmet. Step 4: Tie the underbody. Note: The underbody of the fly uses the same technique as a Woolly Bugger: Wrap a double layer of chenille to form a thick underbody i.e. first wrap forwards towards the eye of the hook….and then wrap backwards to the starting point. Tie off the Chenille. Note: Leave a small gap behind the eye of the hook. Tie in a Woolly Bugger hackle. Wrap your thread forward to the end point. You will wrap the hackle forward to this point. Wrap the hackle forward using tight thread wraps. Tie-off the hackle at the end-point (as shown by the red arrow). Trim off the top of the hackle with your scissors. The underbody is now complete. Step 5: Tie down the body. The next step is to tie down the CrawBody on top of the fly in the process segment the body You will create four (4) tail segments as you wrap your thread towards the eye of the hook. Start by pulling the CrawBody tight and wrap the 1st segment using 3 or 4 strong thread wraps. Top view of the first segment. Lift the tail of the CrawBody and make a single wrap forwards. Your thread is now in position to start the 2nd segment. Tie the 2nd segment using 3 or 4 tight thread wraps. Repeat the process until all 4 segments have been tied. Lift the tail and tie off your thread. Add head cement to your thread tie-off point. This is a top view of the segmented body. Step 6: Secure the head and add the eyes. Attach your tying thread in front of the Sculpin Helmet and wrap a small “thread dam” to secure the head in place. Make sure there is one antenna on either side of the hook. Side view. Note: Use about 10 thread wraps to create the thread dam. Tie off your thread and add head cement. . Put a small drop of super glue in each eye socket. Stick some Living Eyes into the eye sockets. The eyes are now in place. Step 7: Finishing the fly Brush out the hackles. Trim the rubber legs so they are about the same length as the fly. The fly is now finished. Now go and catch a big fish!
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