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Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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Our own Chaz ties the best cranefly pattern I've ever used. It's from the swap archives here in the tying forum.

Gotta give credit where credit is due - it's a great fly.

Chaz's cranefly



I agree. Chaz's pattern works extremely well. I've patterned my own off of his and it works good too.

Posted on: 2013/4/15 21:57


Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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I humbly retract my last offer, there's no way that dude got paid enough!
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Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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Lmao....now you know why we purchased them. Bwhahahaha

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Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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Yep...

Posted on: 2013/4/15 23:08
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Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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Just the thought of tying all those little legs makes me queezy.

Posted on: 2013/4/16 6:25


Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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I've had success using a parachute Adams while fish were rising to Craneflies. I've done this on both Penn's Creek and Oil Creek. You might try substituting Australian Oppossum for the dark grey dubbing usually used on an Adams.

Tom

Posted on: 2013/4/17 13:44


Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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The dubbing isn't the issue. These things have little skinny legs. Pre tied legs can be purchased from Orvis but they appear to be thicker with more strands than he cranes I bought from Jonas.

Posted on: 2013/4/17 16:00


Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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Has anyone seen trout really key in and feed selectively on the big brown crane flies? I never have. I've never seen emergences of them in any numbers. You see one here, one there...

The little (size 18) ones with yellow bodies hatch in enough numbers that the trout feed on them just like they would on BWOs or other hatch. It's worth tying a pattern for those.

I'm not so sure it's worth tying a pattern for the big brown ones. But if you want to tie an imitation of those, just tie a simple spider pattern. Ginger hackle fibers for a tail. Ginger hackle tied over-sized. And brown thread body. Done.

Posted on: 2013/4/17 17:17


Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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I've had some luck with them when I can't figure out the fish. Sometime the fish are feeding on top and I've tried every dry and emerger I've got. The crane fly is what I'll try next.

Posted on: 2013/4/17 19:25


Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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Heritage-Angler wrote:
Our own Chaz ties the best cranefly pattern I've ever used. It's from the swap archives here in the tying forum.

Gotta give credit where credit is due - it's a great fly.

Chaz's cranefly

I do like Chaz's fly, I'm going to try it as well. I just love all the different patterns you get to see and try on here. There are so many good tyers that post their ties, you know tried and true.

Posted on: 2013/4/17 21:37
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Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern
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Here's the basic crane fly that I tie: yellow or rust colored body with hackle tip wings and a long webby saddle hackle palmered through it and trimmed sparse. The more crumpled up this fly gets, the better and more realistic it looks.

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Posted on: 2013/4/20 20:59


Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern
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This may not be germane to the Adult Cranefly topic but I thought I would share...while pumping a stream around a project last week I saw what I though was a leech undulating flattened through a pool flowing downstream with the current. Looked like an S shape wriggling the entire few seconds I saw it. It then came up into a riffle and shortened, fattened and was now a cranefly larvae. So while a walts worm looks like a cranefly larvae when tied large, really when they drift through the column, they swim. and are flat and curves like an S.


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Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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So perhaps a swimming nymph hook would work well for that.

Posted on: 2013/4/21 20:43
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Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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Very interesting observation. I usually tie them in a 14, should they be bigger?

Posted on: 2013/4/22 6:16


Re: Looking for Adult Crane Fly Pattern

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I can't post pics but try one with a detached/seperrat foam body tied on a needle instead of a hook . Also a minnow needle will work to tie turkey quill knots or a crochet hook.

Posted on: 2013/4/23 4:44



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