This pattern was one of the first flies I tried to tie (a million years ago it seems) to imitate something specifically. My aim was to imitate crane flies. This pattern worked way back then and still does.
I posted this photo in response to Martin Burch's post of killer flies Daniel. Try reading through those posts to find out more and maybe take a look at the crane fly larvae photo I posted a while back. The pattern here works but the earlier post photo shows an even better imitation. Hope you give one or more of these a try. You won't be sorry.
Hi @443195646053258 It’s Jamison Shetland Spindrift Yarn Oyster 290. There’s a slight touch of bluish green that isn’t visible in this photo.
The Jamison yarn is a good bit more pink than the Chadwick yarn. I don’t know all the history and difference between the Sawyer Killer Bug and the Utah Killer Bug except for the yarn color itself. To be honest as possible, I don’t think the slight color variations are very important. It’s been my experience that the cranefly larva colors in different streams often vary widely. I’m one of those who believe color is way down on the list when it comes to inducing a “take”.
As tyers, it’s soooo easy to get caught up in all the various possibilities (color, silhouette/profile, size, etc.). I still think presentation is too often overlooked as the real reason our fly gets “bit”.
I believe I’ve fished much better imitations of cranefly larva (I’ve posted my favorite) than the killer bug. Would like to hear your thoughts please.
I missed a word in the second paragraph Wyatt. It should read “I don’t think color variations are “often” very important. Missed that “often” word. In some instances, a slight color change had made a difference but I can’t figure on why this should be the case. I’ve posted a mop fly version here that’s been deadly and a more (to my eye anyway) realistic version too. Prior to using the mop fly version, I didn’t think anything could be as good as my more realistic version. Now, I’d say the two patterns are equally effective. The killer bug version is right up there with them.
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