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Martin's Mundane Crane Fly
The sting: It has been a hot and dry summer in Scandinavia. Wasps have been a plague in many areas. They have been in every apple, every drink and every house. Some of them may have crossed a stream or river, winding up on the surface before continueing the rush. Some of them never left again.
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|Year of origin||2012|
|Hook||Kamasan B170 size 8-12|
|Tying thread||Black 6/0|
|Legs||Knotted pheasant fibers|
|Body/wings||Antron or Poly yarn, light gray, cream or tan|
The steps to tying a crane fly are few and simple, which also corresponds well with the mundane principle.
- Prepare 6-8 pheasant tail fibers by tying a knot or two on each. Using a thin crocheting needle makes this process much easier.
- Start the thread in the front part of the hook shank
- Tie in the legs. They need to be about 2½ centimeters or 1 inch in length depending on the fly size. You can be meticulous and arrange them as on a live natural, or you can simply tie in three on each side, pointing outwards to the rear as on a dead insect.
- Cut a piece of Antron or Poly yarn about 10 centimeters or 4 inches in length. If the yarn is thin you may want to double it and use two strands, if it's thick you can split it.
- Twist the yarn by rolling one end repeatedly in the same direction between the fingers while holding tight on to the other end.
- Double the twisted yarn without losing the grip. I sometimes use the hook eye to catch it. Let in unroll to form a rope.
- Fasten the body material on top of the shank, having the twisted part to the rear and the body length about 1½ times shank length. Just use a few tight wraps.
- Unravel and split the forward pointing yarn in two equal parts to form the wings.
- Wrap in front of and over the wings to separate them.
- Take a few wraps in front of the wings, whip finish, cut thread and varnish.
- Trim the wings to a proper length.
- If you want to be fancy, use a black or brown marker to color the body darker than the wings.
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