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Elk Hair Caddis  at Cabela's

Elk Hair Caddis

Author: Mark Boardman

Caddis flies are extremely common and can be found in almost every freestone trout stream. They come in many sizes and colors including olive, brown, and tan. Easy to tie and productive to use, they are the perfect pattern to learn how to tie.

Elk Hair Caddis
If you are fishing anywhere in the world you are likely to run into a caddis hatch sooner or later. Having a pattern to match, can easily make the difference between success and failure. Since caddis come in many sizes and color, it is a good idea to substitute dubbing color and elk hair to fit the right situation.

Tying difficulty (5 being the hardest 1 being the easiest): 3

Hook: Standard dry fly hook #10-#20
Thread: Tan 6/0 or 8/0
Rib: Fine gold wire
Body: Tan Anton or superfine dubbing
Hackle: Palmered Ginger
  1. Wrap a layer of thread back towards the hook bend.
  2. Take approximately 2-3 inches of fine gold wire and secure it at the hook bend.
  3. Spin the dubbing material onto the thread and wrap it forward forming a body that tapers slightly down to a point 2 hook-eye lengths behind the eye of the hook. This leaves room for the elk hair that will form the head and wing of the fly.
  4. Tie in a ginger hackle feather at the front of the body. The hackle feather should have fibers that will extend outward just outside the width of the hook. Wrap the hackle feather back evenly over the entire body. Secure the end of the hackle feather with 2-3 wraps of the fine gold wire in the opposite direction of the hackle wraps.
  5. Wrap the fine gold wire forward evenly over the body and hackle and tie it off in front of the body.
  6. Cut enough elk hair from a patch to have a pinch between your thumb and forefinger. Tie it tightly in to the gap between the body and hook eye using 10-15 wraps and leaving a generous tag end.
  7. Make 4-6 wraps between the hook eye and the elk hair butts standing them up a little.
  8. Use a whip finish and head cement to seat the materials.
  9. Clip the elk hair butts close to the eye of the hook forming the head of the fly and completing its construction.

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