The Caddis Family

In previous Chapters various ties have been discussed concerning the larval form of the caddis, but here we would point out the use of the special hook, used for bait fishing but with a silhouette somewhat in the shape of certain caddis larvae. This is the Mustad 37160 and is shown in Figure 10.36. An underbody of appropriately coloured floss is made and an overbody of a strip of latex (obtained from a surgical glove.) A peacock herl head can complete the fly. The latex body can be further embellished with a Texta-colour pen. (To cut the latex, place this between two sheets of paper and if possible cut with a blade guillotine.)

Figure 10.37 Caddis Pupa

The pupa (the doll-stage) shows the developing wings of the imago or adult insect and ties involve two quill wings cut from a flight feather and tied in separately on either side of the body which may be spun fur. A beard hackle will complete the caddis pupa.

The adult caddis tie in general has a "lent" wing. This is often termed tied "pent". A suitable body is made - a stripped hackle quill as in the Quill-bodied Cochy-bondu is excellent.Then a wing of hackle fibres or strips of flight feather quill or hair is tied in "pent" i.e. as a gable roof over the body. The fly is completed with a shoulder hackle.

A member of the Southern Fly Fishers, Clive Boote, after extensive experience in New Zealand designed a very effective sedge pattern, the Boote Sedge. This is tied on a size 12 Mustad 94840 with a brown tying silk which has been waxed. Rib is fine gold wire and the wings tied from a doubled strip of oak turkey which has been evenly coated with clear nail varnish. The body is spun dark fawn seals fur or rabbit and the hackle red cock. See Figure 10.38

Figure 10.39 Green Peter

Figure 10.38 Clive Boote's Sedge

A Southern member who has done much to preserve the Goulburn and other rivers in Victoria from the attack of gravel miners, commercial exploiters and despoilers, Bill Bourke has an Irish fly which is well accepted by the fish of the Goulburn in the Green Peter. This is tied on a 10 or a 12 with green seals'fur body, palmered red cock, a wing of varnished turkey tail and a shoulder hackle of red cock. See Figure 10.39. If fished dry, Bill's ties allow the two hackle stalks to act as antennae.

Figure 10.40 Hair Wing Caddis (Sedge

Figure 10.40 Hair Wing Caddis (Sedge

Figure 10.41 Varnished Partridge Feather Sedge

A hair wing caddis employs suitable hair tied as the distinctive caddis wing. This is best tied in three stages of application of the wing. A small bunch of hair is tied on the far side of the shoulder, then a similar bunch on top of the shank and finally a bunch on the near side of the body. Deer hair of the appropriate colour is generally used. As in Figure 10.40

A single partridge body feather or a similar feather lacquered with nail polish or coated with silicon-seal can be used tied in flat. Study the forms in the stages in the life cycle of the insect, use the collecting net for the under-water caddis (See Chapter 6) and visit the stream at dusk when the hatches often occur - then to work with your imagination and the fly tying tricks you have learned.

Practical Fly Fishing

Practical Fly Fishing

Here then is Practical Fly Fishing, a companion book to my Practical Bait Casting, and like that little work this is offered mainly as a text book to help the novice through places where there is rocky bottom, rough water and other hard wading.

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