I’ve been searching the tubes to find some patterns to put into my spring box and found this little cdc caddis pattern. It has a sleek quill body that should provide a nice emerger profile on the water. There is a quick and easy tutorial step by step to follow here as well.
Hook: Partridge SLD
Thread: Sheer 14/0 grey
Tails: Coq de Leon
Abdomen: Peacock quill
It’s tough to watch all the fly tying and fishing videos and not being able to hit the river right away, but it just means more time to tie flies… right? Davie makes good use of the Diamond Hard resin here, using it to secure the fragile peacock herl onto the body. You’ll want to be sure to use a resin that doesn’t leave a tacky surface in this case. The Kamasan B110 Davie uses is a nice stout scud hook, and something like a Mustad C49S or MFC 7045 should work well.
It’s great to see high quality production in fly tying video, and this video is wonderfully done. The opening 360 degree shot of the pattern is a stellar idea, and it gives the tyer an ideal look at all angles of the fly so that they can see the minute detail in the pattern that isn’t always evident in a side view. The video is full of little hints and technique. this is one messy looking fly, but one I have used with some rewarding results on small streams. The narration is a little monotone, but the content is exceptional.