Hatches Made Easy:
Craneflies: Tipulidae, Genus: Tipula
Craneflies exist in both the aquatic and terrestrial varieties. There are over
two-hundred species in North America. The terrestrial varieties are found in
areas where the ground is moist. If they get into the water it is because their
larvae are washed into the water.
The larvae look like segmented worms. The larvae cannot swim and are usually
eaten by trout when they are washed in the water by rainfall. They are found in
every stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Since the terrestrial variety gets into the water by being washed in by rainwater,
it makes sense that the best times to fish cranefly larvae imitations would be
following heavy rains. Since the larvae get washed in from the banks and by
small drainage flows, it is probably best to fish near the banks and the rainwater
drainage inlets. I say "probably" because I have not tried it. I will try that in the
near future because I may be overlooking a productive fishing strategy. Please
let us know if any of you have experience fishing imitations of the cranefly larvae.
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Craneflies: Tipulidae Genus: Tipula - Pupa & Adults
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