Elk Hair Caddis

Al Troth developed this superb imitation of an adult caddis fly. Rather than imitating a particular species, it uses the typical roof-wing profile to mimic a whole range of medium to small brown caddis flies. The wing is made from a small bunch of elk hock hair that has been bleached to a light tan. Elk hock is reasonably tough, but still retains some of the buoyancy found in ordinary elk hair. As when tying any hairwing, care must be taken to make the hair secure. Once the body and hackle are in place, the hair is presented to the hook so that the tips project just past the bend. Four tight turns of thread will lock the hair in place, with two or three slightly looser ones used to position the wing low over the body. After the thread is cast off, the excess hair can be trimmed off at the eye.

Caddis Fly Roofed Wing

Thread:

Brown

Hackle:

Furnace cock saddle hackle

Thread:

Brown

Hackle:

Furnace cock saddle hackle

ELK HAIR CAD

IOnce the hook is fixed in the vise, run the thread down the shank to a point opposite the barb, using tight, touching turns. Take 2 inches (5cm) of fine, gold wire and catch in place so the waste end lies the length of the shank.

2 Take a pinch of dark hare's fur and apply it to the tying thread. Dub it with finger and thumb to form a thin yarn. Wind the yarn to cover the full length of the hook.

3 Select a furnace cock saddle hackle. Prepare Ji Catch the hackle in at the eye by the section it by removing any broken fibers from the ^T of bare stem. Gently hold the tip with a pair base to leave a short stub of bare stem. of hackle pliers and begin to wind the hackle in evenly spaced turns.

5 Once the hackle has reached the end of the body, take hold of the gold wire and wind it in evenly spaced turns up to the eye. This will hold the hackle turns in place.

6 Secure the wire with thread and remove the excess. Also remove the hackle tip with scissors. Secure a bunch of elk hock hair behind the eye as a wing. Trim the elk hair in front of the eye to leave a short stub, and cast off the thread.

Brown trout

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Cutthroat

Cutthroat

Grayling

Grayling

Rainbow trout

Rainbow trout

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