Crane Flies
 
Jack Dennis Cranefly Recipe
Hook:
Dai-Riki #300 or comparable - need a 1X long. Can go to a heavy hook such as TMC 3761
Size:
10
Thread:
Brown 3/0 Monocord
Extended Body:
2mm Dark Brown Foam - Cut A V In The Tail. The Body Can Be Formed With Wraps Of Thread After It Is Tied In At The Mid-Way Point On The Hook Shank Or It Can Be Tied Separately On A Needle And Then Tied To The Hook Shank. The Body Extends Almost Twice The Length Of The Hook Shank. The Width Should Be No Larger Than The Hook Gap.
Under Wing:
Rainbow Thread (Preferred) Or Krystal Flash (Rainbow Or Pearl)
Over Wing:
Natural Elk Or Deer Hair
Thorax:
Golden Brown Ice Dub Or Comparable Ice Dub
Legs:
Brown Spanflex, Sili-Legs, Or Small Round Rubber. The Six Legs Are Almost Two Inches Long
Wingcase:
2mm Tan Foam Pulled Forward And Tied Off
Head:
Two Or Three Wraps Of Red Dubbing

 

Original Article:
Crane Flies - Don't Leave Home without Them

When Jack Dennis made his January presentation at Front Range Anglers he talked at length about crane flies and how fish would go nuts over this insect. In fact, when Crane flies are the water that trout would swim several feet out of their way to nail one. He had a great yet simple pattern which he tied for those attending the event.

Crane flies (some resembling overgrown or "giant" mosquitoes) are small to large size with extremely long legs (similar to "daddy-long-legs") that break off easily. They are small to large (1/2 to 2 inches long) long-legged, slender-bodied with a V-shaped suture across the thorax. Many have patterned wings and resemble mosquitoes. Crane flies do not bite or sting humans.

The worm like larva become available to fish after a spate when they are washed out of the stream bed silt and gravel. Adults seem to be most active after warm summer rain showers. The heaviest populations of these insects occur in streams with bottoms of fine gravel, silt or sand.

Most of the imitations I've seen are either very intricate and time consuming to tie or are impressionistic - generally spider patterns or some kind of Variant with oversized hackles. Jack has an entirely different approach and he claims its an absolute killer pattern under the right conditions. Better yet it's easy to tie. Stop by the Shop and find out how.