Designed to imitate adult crane flies, which are often called "daddy long legs."
How it's tied
The Daddy Long Legs Fly comes in various sizes, typically tied on hooks ranging from size 8 to 14, depending on the target species and specific crane fly being imitated. The body is made from materials such as dubbing, synthetic fibers, or natural materials like deer hair or chenille. Legs are created using rubber, silicone, or monofilament materials, providing the fly with its characteristic long-legged appearance. Wings can be made from materials like hackle feathers, synthetic fibers, or thin foam.
What it mimics
The Daddy Long Legs Fly is designed to imitate adult crane flies, which are often called "daddy long legs." These insects are a food source for many fish species in freshwater environments, particularly during late summer and early fall when they are most active. The fly's realistic profile and movement make it an effective representation of these insects. The Daddy Long Legs Fly can be tied in various sizes and colors to match the specific crane fly species found in different fishing environments, increasing its effectiveness for a wide range of fish species.
Where it's used
In freshwater, primarily in streams and rivers (less so on bigger rivers). Any surface feeding freshwater fish species will take a daddy longs legs, given it's the season and they're around. When they're not, these often are not very effective so this is an important fly to 'match the hatch'.