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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Black Tungsten Daddy

Black Tungsten Daddy

Fly Size 10

£1.30   £1.20  (1)

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Blue Damsel #10

Blue Damsel #10£1.60

Caledonia
Fly
CDC Daddy #10

CDC Daddy #10£1.60

Daddy

Daddy

Fly Size 10

£1.30   £1.20

Caledonia
Fly
Daddy Longlegs #10

Daddy Longlegs #10£1.60

Caledonia
Fly
Daddy Longlegs #12

Daddy Longlegs #12£1.60

Caledonia
Fly
Daddyhog #10

Daddyhog #10£1.60

Caledonia
Fly
Daddypillar #10

Daddypillar #10£1.60

Detached Body Realistic Daddy

Detached Body Realistic Daddy

Fly Size 10

£1.30   £1.20  (2)

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Detached Daddy #10

Detached Daddy #10£1.60

Caledonia
Fly
Detached Daddy #12

Detached Daddy #12£1.60

Foam Light Daddy

Foam Light Daddy

Fly Size 10

£1.30   £1.20  (1)

Caledonia
Fly
Mini Blue Damsel #10

Mini Blue Damsel #10£1.60

Muddle Headed Daddy Long Legs

Muddle Headed Daddy Long Legs

Fly Size 10

£1.30   £1.20  (1)

Natural / Original Daddy

Natural / Original Daddy

Fly Size 8, 10, 12

£1.30   £1.20  (2)

Caledonia
Fly
Olive Daddy Gold Bead #10

Olive Daddy Gold Bead #10£1.60

Caledonia
Fly
Olive Damsel #10

Olive Damsel #10£1.60

Caledonia
Fly
Orange Daddyhog #10

Orange Daddyhog #10£1.60

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Fly
Orange Lanky Daddy #10

Orange Lanky Daddy #10£1.60

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Pearly Daddy #10

Pearly Daddy #10£1.60

Reversible Daddy

Reversible Daddy

Fly Size 10

£1.30   £1.20

Rubber Legs Daddy

Rubber Legs Daddy

Fly Size 10

£1.05   £0.90

Rubber Legs Red Daddy

Rubber Legs Red Daddy

Fly Size 10

£1.30   £1.20

Steves Daddy/Crane Fly

Steves Daddy/Crane Fly

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12.

£1.50  (1)

Tungsten Chartreuse Daddy

Tungsten Chartreuse Daddy

Fly Size 10

£1.30   £1.20

Tungsten Orange Daddy

Tungsten Orange Daddy

Fly Size 10

£1.30   £1.20

Tungsten Pink Daddy

Tungsten Pink Daddy

Fly Size 10

£1.30   £1.20

Caledonia
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Turks Olive Tarantula #10

Turks Olive Tarantula #10£1.60

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.

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