It’s still a week until I can fish the waters I really want to hit, and this little caddis is perfect for my favorite little creeks. I’ll be tying a couple to try out in some smaller #16 – #20.
Hook: TMC 2457 #12-18
Bead: Copper tungsten
Thread: Olive 8/0
Body: STS trilobal Dubbing caddis green
Rib: Ultra wire Brassie chartreuse
Carapace: Cinnamon turkey coated with softex
Wing Buds: Dun Z-lon
Collar: Caddis green ice dub
Head: Peacock herl
Caddis Fly Shop is now putting together a series of steelhead flies and this is one of the first in the series and I’m looking forward to seeing more of it. The fly is pretty standard, but Jay does create a custom dubbing blend for the body of this fly using STS and a touch of Ice dub. Purple STS, Black STS, steely Blue STS and silver ice dub is what I think he used here. The STS is a nice budding, but I find it a bit bright for most applications and I like to blend it with natural hairs like fox tail under fur, seal or polar bear under fur. I’m always in favor of using Coq de Leon feathers, the speckling of the feathers add a natural look to the fly.
Hook: Alec Jackson #3 Heavy Spey
Thread: Lagartun 95D
Tail: Blue fox and pearl crystal flash
Rib: Oval gold small
Body: Purple custom dub (STS blend)
Hackle: Coq de Leon saddle
Wing: White fox with pearl crystal flash
I love tying and fishing these quick simple flies. I bought a nice set of Persalls silk a while ago, so I really should be putting it to good use. I’ve also got quite a few feathers, starling, partridge and plover to use. I’m sure I’m missing out on some surface action right now by not carrying a few soft hackles. If you are into the soft-hackles, also check out my Black Gnat from a couple years back.
Hook: Alec Jackson Trout Country or TMC3761 #12-#18
Thread/Body: Pearsalls Gossamer purple silk
Thorax: Peacock herl