These last couple weeks at Oneill Forebay have me exploring size 1 and 2 Craft Fur Clousers that have proven to be exceptionally effective this season. I have had past success with bucktail closers in the same size and color, but I am beginning to believe that the Craft Fur actually has a better action in the water. Craft Fur is consistent and cheap. The fiber is fine in the long select Craft Fur is ideal for flies smaller than 3 inches. In the larger patterns, its too limp in my opinion. Also because of the way its made, there is 10 time more bulk at the skin then there is at the tips. It takes a large amount of hair to create a wing for even small clousers and you go through a lot of stock tying up a couple dozen. I found a cheap source of the craft fur at Joanne fabric and crafts online. Discussing rattled flies with Dan Blanton the other day, I played around with a couple techniques to attach rattles to small flies without interfering with the gape of the hook. I tried gluing rattles to 100 lb test and tying it to the end the hook but the strongest method was to glue a rattle in hollow mylar flex tube, coat it with cement and then tie the end to the hook. I can’t wait for the rain to let up to try some of these experimental patterns.