Big fish love crayfish flies. Here’s how to get in on the action

Killer crayfish

How to effectively imitate Canada’s freshwater crustaceans


Crayfish live in a wide variety of lakes and rivers, but prefer rubble bottoms and vegetation, which offer camouflage and sanctuary. Craws can be brown, black, green, tan, olive, rust-hued or a mottled combination of those colours. They crawl, scoot or hop tail first, both along—and within a foot or two—of bottom. While crayfish can get as long as six inches, predators to eat prefer the smaller ones, from one to three inches in length.


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