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Fly of the Month

Crane Fly Pattern

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Hook: Trout, size 14 to 18.

Thread: 8 O Black.

Legs: 6 Paint Brush bristles, each one overhand knotted 1/4 inch from end.

Body: 2 Pheasant tail fibres.

Wing: 1/2 inch of oval shaped saran wrap.

Thorax: Olive brown spectra dubbing.

Debarb the hook. Wind on thread to start of hook bend. At the hook bend tie in two pheasant tail fibres, and after a small application of head cement to the thread windings, wind the pheasant tails to mid shank. I find the fibres less likely to break if the fibres are hand wound onto the hook rather than using hackle pliers.

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Trim the pheasant tail fibres.

Tie in the first leg.

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Tie in the second leg.

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Roll a half inch oval of Saran Wrap, and tie it in just forward of the legs.

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Adjust the wings to lie on top of the shank using figure eight thread wraps.
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Tie in the remaining four legs.
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Dub on a small but thick thorax.

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Whip finish and apply a small bead of cement to the underside of the thorax.
ADMIRE THE FINISHED FLY.

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Note that this fly is best fished either as a dry by quarter casting upstream with frequent mends, or by dabbing on the surface, downstream with the line off the water.

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