The Daddy-long-legs is a great dry fly for
freshwater fish such as trout and grayling.
I use them quite often, and they fish well
the whole season. The real insect often
falls onto the water whenever it is blowing
or raining and can make a fish that is actually
selectively feeding on something else attack. I
have been especially successful with this fly
imitation in mountain lakes, fished dry.
Hooks: Mustad 80050BR, sizes 10 - 14.
Thread: Black 3/0.
Tail: Short, fluorescent orange wool thread.
Ribbing: Fine mother-of-pearl tinsel.
Body: SLF Whitlock's original no. 2.
Legs: Six Golden Pheasant tail fibres with knots, made
stronger with a fine coating of epoxy glue (softex).
Thorax: SLF Master class dubbing no. 20, red.
Wings: Two tips of grey brownish cock hackle.
Hackle: Good quality cock hackle, same colour as the
wings, CDC (natural colour) spun into a loop.
Hackles wound a few turns around the Thorax.
Head: Black tying thread, super glue as varnish.
Torill is a fantastic tier. She is famous especially for her
crocheted flies. Instructions for the
crocheting technique she is known for are provided on the Mustad
website. To read more about her and other flies check out this
Mustad website. We thank Torill for use permission!
She has promised more in the spring, stay tuned!
Be sure to read Al Campbell's Product Review on Mustad Hooks in
Stay tuned - Bob Jacklin will soon begin a Weekly Tying Tip section here!