Friday, May 16, 2008

Umbrella CDC Cranefly

This pattern imitates small yellow craneflies (genus Antocha) common on some Driftless area trout streams in the spring and early summer. It can be fished dry or wet.

Hook: TMC 101, size 18;
Body: Pale olive thread under doubled single strand of yellow super-hair, wrapped;
Thorax/Legs: Pale ginger CDC feather, wrapped four turns (concave side facing front), bottom clipped;
Front hackle: Oversize moorhen covert feather, one and a half turn (concave side facing front).

You can see some of my large cranefly patterns here and here.


Anonymous said...

Vlad, this Cranefly pattern is really
cool. I have some nice cranefly hatches here on Deer Creek, I'll have to give this pattern a try.


flyfishingunlimited said...

Thanks Jeremy,

I'm glad you like it and I hope it works for you... I need to test it more myself, hopefully in a day or two.

Thanks for stopping by,


Awesome pattern indeed!

I did not pay enough attention to them... but I heard they are under utilized patterns. I was wondering do the nymph stage drift along the river bottom too? it should be a very large larva? right? I am thinking to tie some large nymph just like CZ nymphs... :P

Thanks for the posting Vlad... enjoy the tie and the photos! : )

flyfishingunlimited said...

Thanks Mark...!

I often wonder how cranefly larvae could be used in some streams for deep nymphing...depending on their population, maybe fish would take them for something else instead (net-spinning caddis or whatever).

I've seen trout taking dry craneflies the other day, since they are hatching now big time. From a distance they look like a hatch of big pale mayflies. The big ones could be nice bass/warmwater flies, and they are fun to tie!

BG said...

great tie Vlad and cool pics as well! I really like the buggy simple feel of your ties... very cool.

I have been using Cranefly larva with great success lately. The current runoff is releasing these grubs from the river banks. The interesting thing is the larva are huge, #2 or #4. #2 seems to be the normal here on the Middle Provo. It is a heavy bug so it makes a great (heavy) pattern for Czechn'.

Anyway... just a tid bit for ya if you didn't already know ; )

Great blog as alawys Vald.


flyfishingunlimited said...

Hey Bryan,

Thank you for the great info regarding the cranefly larvae. Looks like a perfect style fly for murky waters after the rain-I will give them a try...