Swap 2013 Crane fly Swap

riseform

Active Member
#1
I'm convinced crane flies are one of the most underrated trout flies of Fall. I've spent hours watching trout become airborne for flies they are obviously tracking under the surface in hopes of timing a near touch down at the surface. While I'd guess I've tied six different crane fly patterns over the last few years, I have yet to find the perfect imitation.

Given that Fall is such a great season for virtually all outdoor activities, it is not ideal for swaps. I think this has made exposure to crane fly patterns suffer from a swap perspective. Winter, however, is a different story. I'm proposing a swap in hopes of gathering the collective wisdom and experience from this board in a quest for new patterns to experiment with next Fall.

I'm hoping for 10 -12 participants. Ideally, all flies would be dry fly versions (no larvae please) with a description of the best technique (dead drift, skated, etc) for the given pattern included at some point here in the thread. The holidays are a busy time of year, so I'm thinking of a Groundhog Day due date (Feb 2nd).

For those who may not be into swaps but have insight into patterns or techniques for fishing crane flies, I welcome their input for teaching purposes to further spur conversation on this topic. From my own perspective, I have patterns that have worked well skated in riffles or dead drifted along a seam. I have yet to find a pattern or technique that will reliably raise trout in the calm stretches of water where I frequently see them aggressively chasing originals.


I will tie one of the flies pictured above, most likely Quigley's spider crane.

1) Riseform.............................. ......(done)
2) Calvin1.......................................Flies received
3) hooked1 (Scott)............................Flies received
4) steeli.........................................Flies received
5) kelvin.........................................Flies received
6) Pat Lat.......................................Flies received
 

riseform

Active Member
#3
Thanks for the added pics. The use of groundhog in the pattern is only required if it results in a trout hitting your presentation in the same spot of the same riffle at the same time, day after day after day.

Though if that one in your hand awakens, it will see its shadow.
 

riseform

Active Member
#6
Foam would be great. I'm anxious to see it. Thanks both for jumping in.

I purposefully posted this one early with a late due date knowing it may be hard to generate enthusiasm for swap involving a solitary fly that is out of season. Still, I suspect if it flies (no pun intended) it'll be a great swap and heavily searched gallery item for years to come.
 

steeli

Active Member
#7
If you get enough interest in this one, I'd like to join.
I'm usually fishing streamers in fall.
I make no claim to be a guru with this type of pattern nor expert on how/when to fish.
I've fished two fly patterns in Idaho with ok success, haven't tried in Washington...yet.
 

riseform

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#8
thanks for joining, I still have your well tied streamer from Mike's swap.
With any luck, they'll hit our crane flies as aggressively as streamers.
 

Calvin1

Active Member
#9
Just wanted to throw out, I wouldn't be adverse to going with a smaller number of participants and tying multiple flies for each person, e.g. 4 tiers, everyone ties 12 flies and we each get 3 of every pattern.

I haven't done a swap in quite a while. Used to be that if you weren't in there in the first hour they would all be full.
 

kelvin

Active Member
#10
I am in if you dont get much interest as the ones I tie take about 30 minutes each becasue i
I tie every damn leg joint

they sure do fish though
 

riseform

Active Member
#11
Great. I know they can be a pain with the legs.

I'll give it more time to fill and see how people want to proceed. If it remains a smaller group, I'd be willing to tie extras or more likely a second pattern for everyone. I wouldn't make it a requirement, as I know some patterns can be time consuming and I'd hate to have anyone bail out.
 

Calvin1

Active Member
#12
I am in if you dont get much interest as the ones I tie take about 30 minutes each becasue i
I tie ever damn leg joint

they sure do fish though
I know the pain. I just sat down for a few hours last week and went on a knotting rampage. I live by Magnuson Park and have a supply of knotted pheasant tail fibers if you need some.
 

riseform

Active Member
#14
I have to admit I anticipated a more enthusiastic response for what I think is a great swap topic. I think we have enough to make it a go, but I'm hoping more join in given the February due date.

If the numbers remain low, I will add a palomino crane fly that's produced well (pictured in the cutthroat in original post) so that we at least exchange six patterns. I'll give it a few weeks and see what everyone wants to do.