The Crackleback is a May favorite on Ozark tailwater rivers, The pattern was created by Ed Story of Feathercraft in St. Louis, Missouri. The Crackleback is amazingly effective at times and simple to tie. The Crackleback can be fished several different ways. It can be fished as a dry, an emerger just under the surface, either stripped or on a swing, or even using the accelerated downstream presentation by putting a small split shot a foot above the fly and letting a big downstream bow to accelerate drifts. It also produces by stripping it under an intermediate sinking line.
Hook size: 12 -14 standard dry fly
Thread: pale yellow 6/0
Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippet
Rib: brown sewing thread
Body: pale yellow or baby yellow yarn
Hackle: Grizzly and Brown slightly larger than normal