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Friday, November 30, 2012

Cranefly Larvae

Adult Cranefly

Average Size Cranefly Larvae
Cranefly Larvae as photographed and tied by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. Everyone who trout fishes Idaho or any of the lower 48 knows what the Cranefly looks like - a very large mosquito. Since the terrestrial variety gets into the water by being washed in by rainwater, it makes sense that the best times to fish cranefly larvae imitations would be following heavy rains. These are not acutally aquatic insects, they just love the water. Since the larvae get washed in from the banks at small drainage flows, it is best to fish this pattern near the banks and the rainwater drainage inlets.

As you can see, these larvae are quite large, so do not skimp on the size of your hook. I prefer a 4 or 6 persoanlly.
Place bead head onto hook.
Then wrap a bright color behind.

Begin another color behind head -
I like yellow or grey.

Add dubbing and taper back to
bend of the hook.

Now wrap tightly forward to
mimic ribs.

I like to finish off by coating
with epoxy. Leave tail uncoated so
it will flare a little when wet.

This is another of those very easy to tie patterns. I don't specifically look for this larvae in the water, but the next time it rains and it is hot and there is a lot ot murky run-off flowing into the water you are fishing and your San Juan worms are ineffective, try tying on one of these. You may be pleasantly surprised!
Hard takes and tight lines to all of you avid Idaho fly fishers. You are probably avid by default if you are reading this post this time of year. Of course wintertime is great for fly tying or you could bookmark this post for warmer days if you prefer.
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