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Crane fly Larvae / Micro Minnows


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#1 Frank G. Swarner III

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 12:30 PM

I like to nymph with these flies as cranefly larvae, then let them swing into shore where it can double as a micro minnow.

 

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#2 Piker20

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 02:41 PM

I can see how they score across the depths and dead drift or pulled.
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#3 Old Hat

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 09:41 AM

I like those Frank.  They have a unique attractiveness and appear versatile as you have stated.  What size do you commonly tie these?


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#4 Frank G. Swarner III

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 01:36 PM

4x long streamer hook in 8, 10, 12.

 

Tail is barred chickabou

 

Ribbing is 2lb monofilament 

 

abdomen and thorax are aunt lydias sparkle yarn

 

shellback is mottled nymph skin


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#5 Old Hat

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Posted 31 March 2015 - 07:06 PM

Cool. Thank you.


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#6 Tim Shovel

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Posted 01 April 2015 - 07:16 AM

Nice flies

#7 Tightlines83

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 07:24 PM

I like those. I really like the that versatility in fly patterns. It beats re-tying to try a spot real quick before leaving a pool

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Posted 20 December 2018 - 11:16 AM

For someone starting out, this is a very easy pattern.  The crane flies are the largest members of the midge family, and they are effective in most tail waters and other streams with fluctuations in the water level.  After rains they get washed out of the stream banks, and are a favorite food source then.  

 

Just on a size 4 to 10 4 xlong hook, tie in a tail from the fluffy base of any gray feather.  Tie in some cream-tan or light gray (almost white,) yarn and some mono, or wire for the rib.  Wrap the yarn up the shank, and rib with the mono line or wire.  Simply darken the front 10% with a brown or black marker.  You can add a few marks on the back but I don't usually do that.  

 

The general color of these larvae is in the gray to tan with some places having light olive-gray populations.  

 

 

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