Hatches Made Easy:
Craneflies: Tipulidae, Genus: Tipula
The pupae of the cranefly species are not important to anglers. Both the
terrestrial and aquatic species pupae are found on land. The aquatic species
larvae migrate to land before pupating. During the pupae stage of life they stay
under the soil, leaves and logs for a month or so.
Cranefly adults have skinny bodies, long slender legs, and long wings that lie
down on the insects back. They look like giant misquotes but are actually
Adult caneflies fly poorly and tend to hang around streamside vegetation. Small
streams with overhanging trees and bushes tend to have larger concentrations
of them than larger, wide streams. Females deposit their eggs on submerged
vegetation or in damp soil so they are not available for trout to eat as egg layers.
I am told and I have read that imitations of the adults will catch trout, but very
frankly, I have not tried them. We see huge numbers of them on the water and it
makes sense that the trout would feed on them, although they seem to be far
more legs and wings that body. It seems to me that the majority of them I see are
floating on very shallow water. I would guess that shallow water areas near the
banks would be where you would want to concentrate on placing your fly.
If any of you have experience on fishing adult imitations of the cranefly in the
Smokies, we would appreciate your sharing it with us.
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Dobsonflies and Fishflies (Corydalidae Family)
Copyright 2008 James Marsh