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    Default Crane fly larva

    Shawn recently shared a photo of a mystery bug from the clinch; some thought it may be a crane fly larva; others a caddis, perhaps a cased caddis outta his case.

    Anyway I recall Hugh Hartsell's website and a few of his comments once at Troutfest about the Holston having a great many craneflies and did some looking into things last night after fishing a "copy" of Shawn's bug with good results on the Holston.

    A guy named WALT YOUNG created a simple fly called "Walt's Worm" that is nothing but a weighted hook with a dubbed body of gray rabbit hair, (my flies were weighted hooks with Orvis Hare's ear ice dub clipped with a brown head of big fly dub also clipped and I used copper wire.



    http://www.riseformstudio.tv/fly_tyi...alts_worm.html

    These are too easy to tie so consider trying them out.

    Don't know if yesterday's fish thought they ate a "brown headed" crane fly OR a caddis pupa but sometimes the simply tied flies catch lotsa fish.

    I used size 14 and 16 hooks 3x long.

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    Richard,
    There is a sweet fly for the Clinch called a "squirrel" fly that mimics the pattern you shared and works very well.
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    I use a size appropriate scud hook and wrap a tan rubber band or some other latex and then a turn or two of peacock. I've caught a lot of fish on this pattern but its not very durable.
    Lynn

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    Lynn-

    A rubber band? You know, you might be on to something there! Could be a substitute for wrapping quill. I like the looks of quill, but it is a PITA for me to wrap on a hook. Might have to give it a try. Rubber bands come in different widths, thickness, and colors.

    Bill

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    Quote Originally Posted by kentuckytroutbum View Post
    Lynn-

    A rubber band? You know, you might be on to something there! Could be a substitute for wrapping quill. I like the looks of quill, but it is a PITA for me to wrap on a hook. Might have to give it a try. Rubber bands come in different widths, thickness, and colors.

    Bill
    I can't take credit for the rubber band. I can't remember where I saw it, maybe Jacks idea. Like I said not very durable and the rubber band dries out pretty quickly. Let us know what you come up with. I've been doing this for awhile but it never fails. I have learned things from folks who have fished for fifty years but have also gotten ideas from guys who have fished for a short time too. Thanks everyone for sharing.

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    Josh at the Soho fly shop makes a black fly larva fly with brown & black "silli legs" rubber band that is simply wrapped on the shank; usually on size 18 hook.... he doesn't even use thread.

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