Daddy Long Legs

daddy-long-legs(crane fly)

Daddy Long Legs

(Crane Fly)


The Daddy Long legs is a very successful fly pattern when the natural is plentiful which can get blown onto the water from surrounding fields, usually seen from June to early October, often in abundance around September as the autumn weather creeps in.The Daddy Long Legs usualy hangs in or close to the Surface with legs dangling, creating an invitng meal for the curious feeding trout.

It is usualy fished on the surface either by leaving it static or by twiching it but can be equally effecive when fished wet.
It can be fished on Reservoirs, Rivers & Streams with great results.

They are very distinctive with their long legs and most imitative patterns are based on this feature. They can be tied with a detached body on short shank hooks or wool body tied on a long shank hook, there are a number of different versions which can be tied to the individual anglers preference.

A very effective and most common pattern is tied with hackle point wings and knotted cock pheasant tail fibres for the legs on a long shank size 10 hook. The most difficult part is tying the knots in the pheasant tail fibres. If you tie two together at the same time, it will be a bit easier and makes no difference to the trout when it comes into their vision.

One of the variants of the daddy long legs is the hopper daddy. There are no wings on this pattern and and seals fur is used on a dubbed body with lurex ribbing.




Hooks: Size Long shank 10.

Silk: Brown.

Body: Brown wool or floss.

Rib: (optional) Fine copper wire.

Wing: 2 Brown grizzle hackles over back.

Legs: 2 Pairs of Knotted cock pheasant tail fibres each side of the body.

Hackle: Brown cock hackle.


Optional Hopper Daddy pattern:

Body: Seals fur (any colour).

Rib: Lurex gold or silver.

Hackle: Colour to match fur.


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