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Goddard Caddis

Author: Mark Boardman

Learn how to tie a high riding caddis imitation for rough water conditions.

Goddard Caddis
The Goddard Caddis is an extremely useful variation of the standard Caddis. Its clipped hair body looks realistic under any fishing condition, but it really shines in fast water where floatability is a concern. If used in rough water it is important to coat the fly with floatant so that the hairs don't become saturated causing the pattern to sink. When coated, the Goddard caddis rides high in the water. The Goddard Caddis excels in rough water situations and in instances where "skating the fly" is necessary to draw strikes.

Tying difficulty (5 being the hardest 1 being the easiest): 4


Hook: Standard dry fly hook #10-18
Thread: Black or tan 6/0 nylon
Body: Spun Caribou or deer hair
Hackle: Brown
Antennae: Brown hackle stems

  1. Begin by making a few wraps of thread at the hook bend. Clip a good-sized pinch of deer or caribou hair measuring 1 inch from their respective patch and hold it over the hook shank. Make a couple light wraps of thread in order to hold the hair together without cinching it down.
  2. Pull the wraps tight while simultaneously letting go of the hair. This should result in the hair spinning around the hook. Manually spin some of the hair if need be. Make 5-8 wraps in front of the spun hair while holding it back to compress the hair. Continue this step moving forward towards the eye two or three more times until the hair is spun two hook eye lengths behind the eye.
  3. Clip the hair level on the bottom. Next, clip the sides angling slightly in and tapering from front to rear. The finished body should get bigger towards the rear and have an A-frame shape.
  4. Take two brown hackle feathers with fibers 1-2 times the size of the hook gap and strip off the soft fibers exposing the stems. Tie the hackle feathers just in front of the body. The exposed stems should extend out in front of the hook eye.
  5. Wrap the hackle feathers forward to the base of the hook eye and tie them off. Trim the remainder of the hackle feather.
  6. Complete the fly by making several wraps of thread just behind the eye forming the head. Whip finish and cement.

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