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Hans’ Adult Cranefly

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Hans’ Adult Crane Fly Pattern

Craneflies are often overlooked by trout anglers as a food source. Craneflies, both in their larval form and their adult form, can be very abundant. On our local waters I have had tremendous luck the past several seasons fishing both the larva and the adults.

This adult pattern came about after watching two large rainbows fight over an cranefly that was skittering down a riffle on our local tailwater. I tied up a couple of these and caught several fish on the next outing.

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Hans’ Cicada Fly Tying Video

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Hans’ Cicada Fly

This fly surprised me, it caught fish on the small streams that I fish in the Black Hills. It brought large trout to the surface when nothing else would. Do they take it for a cicada? I don’t know, but it does catch fish. This fly is inspired by the cicada patterns I encountered in New Zealand. I tie it in a size 6 but it can be tied larger or smaller depending on the size of the bugs in your neck of the woods.

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Ryan’s Carp Fly

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Ryan’s Carp Fly

Ryan Gabert’s Carp Fly is easy to tie. It looks great in the water. Best of all it is darn effective at catching carp. Developed on South Dakota’s storied flats, this fly deserves to be in any carp fly fisher’s box.

Tie in a size 4-6. Tie in orange, olive, or tan.

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Chernobyl Ant Fly Tying Video

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Chernobyl Ant Fly Tying Video

This is a great all around summer attractor or hopper imitation. This color scheme has been a great all purpose color for me. The Chernobyl Ant seems to imitate a variety of big terrestrial insects- hoppers, crickets, flying ants, and big beetles. I tie the Chernobyl Ant in sizes in sizes 8-14.

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