Friday, April 24, 2015

Featured Fly - Blended Caddis Larva

I gave the Blended Caddis Larva its name, but I did not come up with the pattern. One of my State College followers Tom, who loves fishing caddis flies of Spring creek designed this fly. He showed it to me last year and I asked him if I could feature the pattern. He welcomed the idea, so I came home and tied a couple up. It has become one of my go to patterns on the Tully. To the untrained eye it looks just like a standard Caddis Larva, but in Tom's eyes its a special blend of dubbing and a unique rib. I will not disclose his special blend, mainly because I don't know it, but SLF Bug Dub has been working well for me!

Hook: Orvis Tactical sz. 16-10 or TMC sz. 14-10
Thread: UNI Thread - 6/0 - Black, Tan, Brown
Bead: Tungsten Bead - Copper or Black - sized to match hook 
Ribbing: Antron Yarn (small portion) - Brown, Brown Olive, Chart.
Dubbing 1: SLF Bug Dub - Tan, Olive, Light Olive
Dubbing 2: SLF Nymph Thorax 

Step 1: Slide the bead onto the hook.

Step 2: Tie down the Antron rib as you make a light thread base.

Step 3: Dub the body all the way to the bead.

Step 4: Wrap the Antron, making a nice even rib.

Step 5: Dub the collar, and whip finish.

Finished Fly:

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