Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Featured Fly - Flash Wing Caddis

Here is a fly that I found somewhere online, deep into my caddis fly pattern search. It was originally tied as an attractor fly for Grayling, but I thought it would be a great caddis fly. I immediately thought early season caddis fly for the Tully. Or better yet, once they have seen it all, throw this at them. It's a very simple and fast tie, so there is no reason to not have a few in your box this season.

Hook: TMC 2488 sz. 14-20
Thread: UNI Thread 8/0 - Tan or Brown 
Body: TCO East Coast Dubbing - Yellow/Tan Caddis 
Underwing: Midge Flash - Pearl 
Wing: CDC - Natural, in a dubbing loop 

Step 1: Make a thread base, about a quarter of the way down the hook bend.

Step 2: Dub the body, remember caddis are a messy bug, so don't be afraid to make it very buggy.

Step 3: Leaving about two hook eye spaces material free, tie in around 5 strands of midge flash.

Step 4: Trim and stack one cdc feather (for sz. 16). Make a thread loop, then lay cdc fibers in the loop.  Spin the cdc and then pick out with a brush.

Step 5: Wrap the cdc loop around the hook, packing the fibers very close.

Step 6: Whip finish and cut thread off.

Step 7:  Now trim the bottom flat, this will add the two tone look to the fly. With more cdc fibers, this will also help grab the powder and in turn keep it floating longer and higher.

Finished Fly:

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