I love fishing caddis flies and I’m big on the history of patterns as well. Oliver Edwards presents a wonderful account of the progression of this pattern and presents a killer caddis dry fly. The fly also employs the split thread dubbed body using the Marc PetitjeanMagic Tool. Be sure to use a thread that you can split easily like UTC. Uni can be split, but is a bit more difficult. The end result is a bit of a fluffy looking caddis, but I can see how the silhouette will be quite effective on the trout streams.
Hook: size 12, 14 or 16 wide gape hook
Thread: Flat 8/0 thread you can split
Body: CDC spun in a loop with sparse dubbing
Wing: cdc dubbing and tape
Thorax: CDC spun in a loop
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
After a week of bad things, I’ve finally been able to get back to the computer. I’m not sure if it was something consumed or perhaps just being in the presence of that little rug rat who seems to bring home all kinds of viral treats. Anyhow, lots of great video has been posted up over the past little while, and I’ve also bee hitting the forum at Fly Tyer for some interesting conversation on all things fly tying.
The first thing to note on this little impressionistic caddis is the brushed up CDC body. It provides a really sweet base to lay the feather wing onto and will really let this fly catch some serious air bubbles to keep it on top. I really like the low wing profile on the pattern. All too often on patterns like the Elk Hair Caddis, the wing is set quite high. Just as Al Troth had originally designed the EHC to sit low with a sleek wing, this pattern also fits that profile to a tee. The finished fly has a beautiful underbody as well, I’d love to see a trout just try not to gulp that down.