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    Default Crane fly (daddy longlegs) in May???

    This is my first season fishing in Lancashire and I'm enjoying learning the new insect life (I previously lived in Oxfordshire).
    I was on Stocks today where hawthorn flies were still on the menu and gave me some success.
    However, I also notice quite a few specimens of what looked like crane flies but with fatter light brown bodies. Wings were light in colour and lay horizontal with the water. The nearest fly I had was a size 10 ginger Klinkhammer. This gave me a couple of fish.
    Can anyone suggest what this fly might be?
    Thanks
    Chris

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    Default Re: Crane fly (daddy longlegs) in May???

    When you say the wings were lying horizontal with the water were they on a dead fly lying on the water in a crucifix shape? In that case it would be an Olive spinner of some sort although normally the body would be more orangey red if they were.

    Otherwise I’m really not sure from the limited description.

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    Default Re: Crane fly (daddy longlegs) in May???

    Probably was a crane fly, noticed some in April.
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    Default Re: Crane fly (daddy longlegs) in May???

    I've seen quite a lot.and of many sizes.Mild winter seemed to be to their liking.

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    Default Re: Crane fly (daddy longlegs) in May???

    As said above, probably was a Cranefly. There were plenty around here this time last year, but not seen a single one so far this year.

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    Default Re: Crane fly (daddy longlegs) in May???

    There are species of crane fly on the wing as soon as the ground warms up enough.
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    Default Re: Crane fly (daddy longlegs) in May???

    Saw some bright yellow bodied ones by the Don the other day, probably radioactive.

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    Default Re: Crane fly (daddy longlegs) in May???

    Ive saw small ones at the end of April, normally use a grey klink

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    Default Re: Crane fly (daddy longlegs) in May???

    Thanks for all the comments.
    They were too big to be an aquatic fly.
    Sounds like it was a crane fly species. I've never seen them before September. I'll keep a few patterns in my fly box.
    Chris

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    Default Re: Crane fly (daddy longlegs) in May???

    They are everywhere this spring but mainly small ones .

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