Grasshopper fly patterns have become so popular on southern trout waters that many overlook the effectiveness of similarly tied cricket patterns. Our preferred cricket deceiver is Shenk’s Cricket. The brainchild of Ed Shenk, a Pennsylvanian fly tying guru, it is one of many patterns that carry his name, including the Letort Hopper and the Letort Cricket.
Hook: Dry 2XL, size 10-18
Thread Black 6/0
Body Black Fine & Dry dubbing
Underwing Black goose quill segment
Wing/Head Black deer hair