Daddies - Daddy Long Legs Trout Fly Patterns

Crane flies (Tipulidae) are commonly known as daddies or daddy-long legs. 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.

Daddies Fishing Techniques

Use a floating flyline and tapered leader to present your Daddy fly pattern neatly to trout and carp. Try daddies floating near margins or use a beadhead daddy with a slow retrieve or suspend under a Thingamabobber for stunning resuilts from July to October. Daddies are highly varied, look carefully at the colours and sizes of Daddly Longlegs or craneflies as they flutter about the margins and try and match the size reasonably closely.

 

Daddy Long Legs Hatch Chart

 

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Barbless Daddy Longlegs Or Crane Fly

Barbless Daddy Longlegs Or Crane Fly£1.25  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

Barbless Daddy/Crane Foam

Barbless Daddy/Crane Foam£1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

Beadhead  Daddy Longlegs

Beadhead Daddy Longlegs£0.90  (3)

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10, 12.

Black Foam Daddy / Cranefly

Black Foam Daddy / Cranefly£1.00  (2)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10

Daddy Cdc

Daddy Cdc£1.00  (5)

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10, 12.

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly£1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
10

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly Black

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly Black£1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
10

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly Green

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly Green£1.00  (2)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly Orange

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly Orange£1.00  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly Red

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly Red£1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
10

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly Yellow

Daddy Detached Body/Crane Fly Yellow£1.00  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10

Daddy Long Legs/Crane Fly Natural

Daddy Long Legs/Crane Fly Natural£1.00  (2)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10

Daddy Longlegs/Crane Fly

Daddy Longlegs/Crane Fly£1.00  (5)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

Daddy Variant 2

Daddy Variant 2£1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
8

Daddy/Crane Foam

Daddy/Crane Foam£1.00  (9)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

Dads Natural

Dads Natural£1.00  (3)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

Green Body Foam Daddy / Cranefly

Green Body Foam Daddy / Cranefly£1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
10

Orange Hot Spot Daddy

Orange Hot Spot Daddy£1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
8 - when they are gone they are gone!/p>

Real Daddy/Crane Fly

Real Daddy/Crane Fly£1.00  (5)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

September Lake Trout Fly Collection

September Lake Trout Fly Collection£21.99  (2)

Steves Daddy/Crane Fly

Steves Daddy/Crane Fly£1.00  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

White Body Foam Daddy / Cranefly

White Body Foam Daddy / Cranefly£1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
10

  

At certain time of year grasshoppers become abundant a wind will blow these wonderful fish snacks onto the  waters. A delicate presentation is not critical, because even big selective trout are looking for the tell-tale splat of this helpless terrestrial as it flops into their eating zone, this we imitate with terrestrial flies. Bristol Hoppers as terrestrial fly patterns are big flies and you can use short leaders that are easy to cast. Even if a hopper has been chewed on a few times, the fish don't seem to mind. Grasshoppers can swim by kicking their hind legs in unison, using the same method as they employ when jumping. This can be mimicked by fishing the fly on the surface and retrieving it with short sharp pulls. Continue for about three feet and then let your fly drift for 20 seconds before recommencing a retrieve as this imitates the grasshopper having a rest.