It’s been a little while, but Tie Talk is back with a killer crayfish pattern from Steve Schweitzer and

Steve says this about the pattern, “I’m at it again. I just can’t stay away from those chick-a-bou feathers. I look at them and wonder what I can come up with next. I can’t quite explain it.

I can’t explain why I have a fascination for tying flies out of chick-a-bou. I imagine it’s because a brahma hen soft hackle and chick-a-bou pelt is so versatile and the natural mottling is incredibly buggy looking. But every bird, male or female has a soft hackle with chick-a-bou pelt too.

So I wondered what can I make with a rooster pelt? I dug out a Whiting Farms grizzly dyed brown rooster soft hackle with chick-a-bou pelt and messed with a few ways to tie a crayfish pattern. What I came up with, after 4 pattern variations, is a crayfish pattern that is easy to cast and has all the visual features of the real thing. And, consistent with the Tabou Series of flies, the materials are minimalistic and the tying steps are easy.”

Click here for step-by-step instructions with photos.