Quigley Cripple

Created by Bob Quigley



HOOK: 1X fine wire, standard shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent. Sizes 12-18


TAIL: Tan or light gray Z-lon

BODY: Gray or tan turkey biot

THORAX: Gray rabbit

WING: Tan deer hair

HACKLE: Grizzly



"Cripple" patterns represent mayflies that are either just emerging or that got stuck in the shuck while emerging. In either case, the insect isn't going anywhere soon. Trout recognize this vulnerable condition and feed eagerly on cripples when they see them. When you're confronted with a blizzard hatch, where your fly is one small speck among hundreds or thousands of natural insects, a cripple pattern is a great way to induce trout to take your fake.



This dressing matches emerging and crippled Callibaetis mayflies, a common hatch on stillwaters. To match other mayfly cripples, vary the colors and hook size:


How to Fish

Dress the front half of the fly (only) with floatant and use the chuck-and-sit presentation on a lake or standard dry fly presentations on rivers.



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