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 in the water, 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, and 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 or send us an email asking for the recipe.