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 Post subject: SoHo Crane Fly pattern - a thought
PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:41 am 
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Rainbow Trout

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I just remembered a pattern used by a good friend that fishes and guides on the SoHo. He uses a soft hackle, like a variation of the Partridge and Yellow, for the Crane Flies. I’d forgotten about this for obvious reasons. First, I was never good at fishing soft hackles and wets. And second, I never had much faith in the patterns because of my lack of ability in fishing the darned things.

I remember his set-up. There was no weight (or God forbid, a MFing bead!) on his pattern. He would fish it on a long leader with a short (~ 6”) piece of smaller tippet (example: 6” of 6x on a longer section of 5x), and above the knot he would place a micro split shot. The knot would clearly keep the shot from sliding down to the soft hackle. He would fish it down and across, without a bobber. It worked for him.


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 Post subject: Re: SoHo Crane Fly pattern - a thought
PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:17 am 
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I would replace the partridge with sparse long CDC.




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 Post subject: Re: SoHo Crane Fly pattern - a thought
PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 8:53 pm 
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ok where is all the cranefly patterns ???

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 Post subject: Re: SoHo Crane Fly pattern - a thought
PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:51 pm 
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I agree with the soft hackle concept. My best pattern for crane fly hatches in riffles and semi fast runs is a partridge and orange tied with an extra long partridge hackle(very sparse). I've never seen the need for the bead. For slower water where more of a dead drift is used, I go with a sulfur colored biot body with a sparse collar of light colored cdc(unclipped).


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 Post subject: Re: SoHo Crane Fly pattern - a thought
PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:18 pm 
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hmmmmmm...... I really like the fact that we all lay eyes on the same bug but have completely different ideas on how to reproduce it.

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 Post subject: Re: SoHo Crane Fly pattern - a thought
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:38 am 
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Very glad I got back in here and read these cranefly posts. We were so preoccupied with surface activity on our last trip it never occurred to me to try anything but an dry adult cranefly imitation. I'm now thinking something as simple as a color change on a stripper might be a great imitation of a pupae pattern as pictured in bugman's post. Maybe a turn of brown or gray ostrich behind the bead and an abdomen 2/3rd white/cream and the thorax end brown/gray? If I leave the bead off altogether I believe I can get a semi-buoyant pattern too. Will try some at the desk this weekend. Should be a simple tie.
Great threads and thanks for the ideas.


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 Post subject: Re: SoHo Crane Fly pattern - a thought
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:39 am 
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Not so fast Knox. I know how to reproduce it. But it would take a magnifying glass and genitalia the size of your average UVA male student. I have neither, nor do I have the energy. Actually, that is not true; I do have a magnifying glass.


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 Post subject: Re: SoHo Crane Fly pattern - a thought
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:43 am 
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!!!!! :lol: :lol:


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