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
I’ve been following Hans’ tying and his massive project at Hans Weilenmann Flytier’s Page. The project is nearing 5000 patterns in the library, and has become quite a resource. The pattern below is a killer little emerger pattern. I’m a proponent of using rabbit foot for the wings on my emergers as this one does. The video also includes a spot on demonstration of how to tie the collar using hackle fibers stripped off the stem. This allows you to scale up and down without needing to worry too much about the size of your hackle.
Hook: Grip 14723BL #14
Thread: Benecchi 12/0, grey
Collar: Whiting Brahma hen barbs, mottled
Rib: Krystal Flash, opal – doubled to form a loop – smoky grey mink inserted, twisted
Rear thorax: Rabbit, dark grey
Wing: Snowshoe hare, natural
Front thorax: Rabbit, dark grey
I love this little emerger pattern tied up with 2 of my favorite dry fly materials, CDC and elk hair. While this does share some similarity in material to the CDC & Elk pattern that takes up the majority of room in my fly box, this particular pattern also adds a couple more ingredients. The body is comprised of a biot, and will sink subsurface quite quickly while the CDC will provide a stable platform to float the upper part of the fly. I’m quite interested to see the results of this fly and will report back after I get a chance to test it out.