Craneflies are part of the (Tipulidae) family and are commonly known as daddy-long legs oftern simply called Daddies. The natural Cranflies are brown, black or grey in colour, often with yellow orange or pale brown markings. Their body is long and slender. The wings are long and often have dark markings and spots. The head carries long antennae.
A major characteristic of the cranefly is its long legs, these become shed very easily if they are trapped or handled. Adults are often found near water, grass or rank vegetation.
Fishing Cranefly Trout Patterns
Cranefly fishing fly patterns are often fished on margins or lakes and rivers. It is the margins into which the natural is blown by the smallest of winds as it is not a strong flyer. Cast the cranefly close to the margins and twitch it gently without much movement as if it was a cranefly that has blown onto the water. Alternatively use a beadhead cranefly pattern on a bobber close to the margins to imitate the sunken Cranefly. Be prepared as from May to October you will find these are big meals for trout and tend to get taken aggressively.