Daddy Long Legs (Crane Fly)

Tied by Toby Dean

Daddy Long Legs
Type:  B100 or Sedge
Manufacturer:  Kamasan
Size:  12
 Ultra/Micro Chenille Colour - Tan (Waspi)
 Pheasant tail (cock bird) - six legs. Knotted once in mid length
 Fly-Rite - Colour Dark Olive (polypropylene dubbing)
 Good quality Ginger (tied paraloop)
 Medallion Sheeting - Colour Tan
Paraloop material:
 GSP thread - Colour to suit

Tier's Comments:     -    This fly is tied as per a detached body fly, which permits the use of a smaller and lighter hook.

Tie in thread 3mm behind eye and wind to mid shank length.

Prepare a length of chenille (remember, natural adult size varies, but I have tied them in the range from 24 to 32mm LOA). Seal the tail end of chenille with the heat from a lighter (do not singe). Place on top of the hook shank, so that it finishes 2mm behind the eye and then tie on.

Now tie in the paraloop thread (polypropylene thread GSP), winding back to mid length (a good tip here is to wax the GSP thread, which will keep it from catching and fraying and also it can then be manoeuvred out of the way without the need to engage the gallows tool at this time).

Tie in suitable hackle at this time with a good size barbule length (remember - this fly is designed to sit in the surface film, with the paraloop hackle holding the fly afloat)

Tie in the six legs, three either side and just forward of the GSP thread, keep thread turns to a minimum.

Form the paraloop hackle and when complete, pull back clear of the thorax area.

Tie in your wings from a single length of medallion sheeting (size to suit natural). Fold underneath hook shank, just forward of the tie in point of the legs and then tie in and separate wings (they can be cut to shape when fly complete).

Spin on the dubbing to the thread and form the thorax. First turn aft of the legs tie in point and then forward of the legs, ensuring that all legs lead aft (aka Richard Walker).

Now bring the paraloop hackle over the thorax and neatly tie in behind the eye and finish off with a neat whipping and varnish.

Once varnish is dry, apply a good coating of dry-fly dressing to the chenille extended body.

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