Hi Ted. A question please. Do you also fish the larvae imitations of crane flies? Your wet daddies look great and I'll definitely try some but I rarely fish the adult pattern. I can catch trout year round on the larvae but I'm wondering when you "know" to fish your adult version? Is this just a good general searching wet pattern or do you fish specifically at certain times?
Hi Bill. Our crane flys lay their eggs in grass and the larva is known as leatherjackets the bulk of them hatch out in late August and September we rely on a breeze to blow them onto the water,this pattern is fished wet to represent a drowned version, I shall be tying some patterns I fish dry and will put a picture of some of them up in the next few days.
Thanks Ted. I have crane flys of the lawn variety too. I occasionally see the adults blown into the water but most of my streams don't have grassy areas next to the water so I don't see many adults blown into it. From the look of your pattern, I suspected it was a "drowned" pattern. I like the look of it quite a bit and will add a few to my boxes. Thanks for the reply.
Hi again Ted. I decided to do a bit of research on the crane flys found in Pennsylvania. I thought it might be interesting to tie some "drowned" patterns in colors matching the ones found close to home. Imagine my surprise at discovering there are 299 different species found in Pennsylvania. Wow, that's a lot of tying just to have one of each species. Now becoming a bit more serious, most of them are quite similar in appearance. Whew. Your photo gave me a new insight into a species I never gave a lot of thought to as adults. Thanks for the entomology lesson.
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