How to tie the Crappie Candy Fly
While Sarges Crappie Fly may be my go to fly while crappie fishing, when the fish are shallower or perhaps a bit more wary, my next choice is always the Crappie Candy. In fact, a few years ago I even used it in a local tournament where we were only able to use one fly the entire time and I won. I believe the original pattern is by Al Campbell. Typically I tie this pattern in some combination of white and chartreuse, however, I have found an all black body and tail with red crystal flash and red buck tail work very well in dingy water. All bodies of water are different, experiment with a few different colors and see what works in your lakes and ponds. It is an easy pattern to tie and I am sure it will help you catch many crappie, panfish, and even smaller bass. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do.
Size 8-12 Streamer Hook
Bead chain eyes
Tie in bead chain eyes near eye of hook.
Tie in Marabou Tail.
Invert fly, tie in crystal flash and a thin chenille.
Palmer forward chenille, tie off and trim just behind bead chain eyes.
Grasp your strands of crystal flash, pulling them towards eye of hook. Secure with thread both behind and in front of bead chain.
Now pull crystal flash back towards the hook. Secure behind bead chain eyes with thread.
Return fly to upright position. Take a few strands of buck tail, tie in both in front and behind bead chain.
Whip finish and cut thread. Add a drop of head cement to both the nose of the fly and atop the beach chain to prevent the eyes from twisting. Trim both the crystal flash and buck tail to a length where they will protrude just to the beginning of the bend of the hook. Fly is finished.