Thursday, March 15, 2012

Featured Fly - Caddis Larva

With caddis are right around the corner. This is a caddis larva that I came up with last year as an anchor fly for guiding. I added lead wire to it, hoping to eliminate a hing point in the leader for clients (no split shop). I start to use it about this time of year, even though there aren't any caddis in the air yet, they are starting to move around subsurface.
Hook: TMC 2457 sz. 10 - 16
Thread: UNI Thread 6/0 - Olive or Tan
Bead: Tungsten Bomb sized to match hook - Black
Tail:  Antron Yarn - Brown 
Rib: 8lb Mono.
Shellback: Scud Back 1/8 - Tan or Olive 
Dubbing: Life Cycle - Green Caddis or Tan Caddis 
Thorax:  Ostrich Herls - Grey or Black 

Step 1: Tie in the mono rib about half way down the hook bend.

Step 2: Tie in the Antron where you stopped the rib. Tying the Antron back to the bead.

Step 3:  Tie in the Scudback to the start of the Antron.

Step 4: Dub the body, leaving a small gap to tie in the Ostrich.

Step 5: Tie in the Ostrich.

Step 6: Wrap the Ostrich 3 or 4 times filling in the gap.

Step 7: Pull the Scudback to the front and tie off.

Step 7: Wrap the mono making a rib, and securing the Scudback.

Step 8: Whip Finish 2 or 3 times.

Step 9: Trim the tail, and you're finished.



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