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Angler's Entomology Podcast

Welcome to the Angler's Entomology Podcast.  On this podcast and blog, I am documenting my re-entry into the world of entomology.   Join us as my wife and I explore the environment in which trout live and the insects and other creatures that live in and share that space.  This is not just a dry recitation of facts, I hope to bring these creatures alive - show you how they live, what makes them fascinating in their own right, and help you understand how they interact with trout in ways that will help your fishing.  So, please join us.  I hope you enjoy the program...


Selene's Blog and Page for Classic Streamers; and you can finder her interview on the podcast the Liar's Club. 


I'm setting up a new set of Quizizz pages to help you learn about different insect groups.  I'll be honest - the best way to learn insects is to look at a lot of insects.  So, give these a whirl and don't get discouraged if you do poorly.   Just try again every so often.   The quizzes will be tiered- so they will get more detailed and complicated as we increase in levels.   The first ones are just about learning the different orders.    

This first quiz is about identifying the four major aquatic insect orders

Quiz #2 is a continuation on Mayfly, Stonefly, Dragon and Damselfly, and Caddisfly Orders. 

This Quiz includes other orders of insects that are important to anglers, but is only the adults.  


Episode 40 Notes: Crayfish Patterns

Mar 9, 2020

Hey Folks,  Here are some the crayfish patterns I mentioned on the podcast. 

First we'll talk about Rick Hafele's pattern.  I'm pretty sure he calls it the creeper crayfish, but I'm not 100% sure.  The original pattern is pretty simple:

Claws - Red Squirrel bunches tied either side of hook and divided

Thorax - dubbing to match color

Legs - soft hackle to match color

Carapace - Red Squirrel butts from claws tied over dubbing. (I find it helps to fold the squirrel forward, tie it down and then fold it back over the dubbing to form the carapace). 

Rib - gold wire

Abdomen - continue with dubbing

Overbody on tail - continue with red squirrel butts

Telson - tail - leave the butts long but trimmed even

Modifications I add include mono eyes and a bead at the tail.  The bead is nice in that it adds weight, but also forces the telson up so it doesn't get in the way of your eye. 

The thing I really like about this fly is that you can tie smaller sizes and easily modify the color based on what you have locally.  Check out this picture: Creeper Craw

Where from left to right, the claw/overbody material is:

Either fox squirrel or grey dyed red squirrel

Reedbuck (for my South African readers - and because the color is a good match for my local crayfish

Red Squirrel (the teeny Eastern US species)

and Grey Squirrel

Another of my favorite patterns is Kelly Galloup's "Galloup's Craw.  Super simple and very suggestive:  Side view: 

Top View: 

which is super simple.  

Head/Antennae - spun deer hair - small bunch with a few fibers left long for antennae

Claws - Zonker rabbit strips 

Body - cross cut rabbit strips to match claws.  Palmered

Telson - a trimmed bit of the cross cut rabbit strip

I love this because it is super simple and it is easy to modify.  I love using squirrel strips in place of rabbit.  And because there is no top or bottom, you can tie lead eyes on and it will ride hook point up (and be weighted). 

Lastly Selene's Orange Sure Bet:

Sure Bet

This fly is a killer- 

Head - brass cone

Body - trimmed deer hair - orange, tied muddler style

Tail - Orange and Chartreuse Zonker Strip (and good luck finding this!). 

So, with that I'll sign off til next episode!