Trout and smallmouth LOVE crayfish, and on some watersheds, the mini-lobster is their main food source. A good crayfish pattern needs to get down, hop and scamper up and around the rocks, and be able to jet backwards, with the claws swept forward like the naturals do when fleeing a predator. The Spreyfish, so named because it was initially designed to swing slowly at depth with a baby spey rod, has all these attributes and more. Tied on a weighted jig hook, it rides point up and skips around rocks without hanging up. Its tapered pheasant claws and hackle mimic the profile, color and movement of the real article, and it’s deadly when popped along the bottom, stripped into the shallows, or swung in a gentle current. The smallies will be all over it, and you might just get the
biggest brown trout of your life.