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 Post subject: Crane help
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:17 pm 
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Brown Trout
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Many crane flies in the air this weekend for sure. The hot seller seemed to be a sorta crane fly. To me it looked more like a soft hackle using sparce CDC as the hackle. Sure didn't look much like what I saw flying and floating around.
I dug around in my fly boxes thinking I had some old crane flies in there from another life when shazam! There was one still in there. I just knew that sucker would work and get tore up in the process so I took some pics of it before throwing it in the water. I was right... two casts and two takes with one fish landed. That fish wiped the fly out, as expected, so tonight I went to the vise and tried to duplicate it.
It didn't turn out all that great but the general idea I like a lot.
On the next I'll make both the legs and the tail shorter and the wing slightly fuller. I'll also dip 'em in Watershed just for giggles. The sparce body and the components just aren't made for floating.
What I need are suggestions for good leg material. The hair I used seems to be far too brittle. Even on the fly from the box that had to be 15 years old I knew right off the bat the legs would be the first things to go.

Since I can't get smited here, here's the pictures. Suggestions please.

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 Post subject: Re: Crane help
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:26 pm 
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Would rubber legs or some kind or a stiff flash work?

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 Post subject: Re: Crane help
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:32 pm 
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Are you wanting a floater or a sinker...cause what ya got there looks like a nymph to me? If I was going for a sinker....I'd be looking at the flies Windknotter posted....for a floater...I think I'd be going with a sparsely tied CDC fly with maybe four knotted PT fibers for legs.?? :?

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 Post subject: Re: Crane help
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:38 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Crane help
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:00 pm 
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try some squirrel for the legs Peddler--it floats!!!



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 Post subject: Re: Crane help
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:15 pm 
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ooh that thing looks good peewee!!


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 Post subject: Re: Crane help
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 9:01 pm 
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"ooh that thing looks good peewee!! " Don't act so surprised! :D If Pewwe ties it, it will fish.


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 Post subject: Re: Crane help
PostPosted: Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:06 am 
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Ped,
I've recently tried guard hairs from a snowshoe rabbits foot and they work great. Just pinch a thin group of tips and pluck out then tie in the butts. Not so sure length is an issue but I try to even them a little.


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 Post subject: Re: Crane help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:09 am 
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Just throw Puglisi flies on sink lines. You have seen it work...LMAO.


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 Post subject: Re: Crane help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:10 am 
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peewee wrote:
try some squirrel for the legs Peddler--it floats!!!



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