Realistic Crane Fly

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  • Remarkably realistic Crane Fly (Daddy Long Legs) – looking as a live one!
  • Superior details mimic the real insect so well – the fish will not know the difference.
  • Highly floatable, light and extra flexible material making them super sturdy and long lasting.
  • Prime quality fly to withstand many takes.
  • Choose from 2 colors: Dark and Natural.
  • Hook #12.
  • 1 fly.

See Description tab below for more information on this fly and some fly fishing tips.

SKU: 100-031015 Categories: , Tag:
Photo Details Price QTY
Size: Hook #12
Color: Dark
SKU: 100-031015H12-01

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Size: Hook #12
Color: Natural
SKU: 100-031015H12-02

Out of stock


Realistic Crane Fly (Daddy Long Legs)

Realistic Crane Fly (Daddy Long Legs) is remarkably close to the real insect in looks, appearance and the way they move in the water. The superior details mimic the look of the real crane fly so well – they look alive and your fish will not know the difference. Our Realistic Crane Fly has the characteristic long abdomen body, clear wings with truthful details and the elongated, delicate legs of the real fly. This fly was tied using high quality, floatable and light material that has just the right weight so when they hit water, the way they float emulates the real insect accurately. The flexibility and design of the wings and legs add the crucial movement to the fly when in water. The realistic look of this fly provides that imperative advantage when fishing this fly pattern. The material is super sturdy – these flies were tied to last and will withstand many takes.

These realistic crane flies are highly effective – expect some explosive strikes!

Comes in 2 colors: Dark and Natural, and hook #12.

Crane Flies Fishing

Order: Diptera (flies), Family: Tipulidae

Crane flies (also known as ‘daddy long legs’ or ‘daddy-long-legs’) resemble large mosquitos but these flies cannot sting and are not very good fliers. This is one of the reasons they are easily blown onto the surface of the water. Their flying sometimes looks wobbly, which is why trout get easily attracted to them. Their life is mostly spent as larvae – they are adults for only 10-15 days. Adult crane flies have long thin abdomen (females have larger abdomen then males), and very long and delicate legs. Their abdomen has a characteristic V-shaped groove. They have large clear wings that span from 1.0 to 7.5 cm (approx. ½ inch to 3 inch). Crane flies are terrestrials, but mostly live around freshwater: rivers, streams and lakes, in semi-aquatic environments.

Crane flies can be found close to the water surfaces during early morning, but they are mostly active around water in the late evening, staring from sundown and sometimes well into the dark. The best conditions to fish them would be breezy weather, as they are easily carried by the wind. However, as they are weak fliers, in these conditions they rarely fly too far from shelter. Ideal would be evening with intermittent breeze and calm. As for tactics, for fishing crane flies, dead-drifting technique would be mostly effective. However, should you see that this is not productive, try skating. As crane flies prefer humid and dump conditions, fall would be a great time to fish these patterns.

Fly Fishing Terrestrial Flies

Terrestrial insects are land-bred. Some of the species of terrestrials include: hoppers (grasshoppers), ants, beetles, bees, crickets, etc.

Terrestrials are one of the essential food sources for trout and other game fish during summer months. Hot summer months are when the aquatic insects become sparse, the trout is the most active and grows the fastest. This is when terrestrials become their most important food source as a rich source of protein. A terrestrial falling into the water is a great and nutritious meal for fish as these insects are usually bulkier and heavier than aquatic insects and they provide a large calorie intake when the trout need it most.

Terrestrial fly patterns are effective from May till October, and sometimes even into the November.

As terrestrials are most active and most likely to fall in the river during the day, the best time to fish these fly patterns is anytime from late morning all the way through the evening. Windy days are best as the wind ‘pushes’ them to the water. Optimal locations to present terrestrial patterns is along cut banks, grassy shorelines or under big trees – places where fish wait for them – easy meals just dropping in. As these insects will eventually be pulled further into the river – midstream can also be a good place to present your fly.

On smaller streams fish are depending mostly on terrestrials as their food source. Small waters don’t have the high-energy riffles where the aquatic insects spend much of their lifecycles. For fishing small streams – terrestrials are a must.

Being it mid-summer, early fall, or the midst of spring – fishing terrestrial fly patterns can provide top dry-fly action!

Additional information

Weight 0.003 kg
Dimensions 2 × 2 × 1.6 cm




1 review for Realistic Crane Fly

  1. Matthew Romalia

    Just got this and trout are smashing it! 100% worth it!

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