FLY TYING TUTORIALS OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN
TROUT FLIES

THE ELK HAIR CADDIS

           

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Introduction

Elk Hair Caddis

 The Elk Hair Caddis was developed by Al Troth somewhere in the middle of the last century and has become a favorite all across the country. It is popular on the tailwaters as well as in our mountain streams. This particular pattern that I have tied reflects a short trimmed version on the head as well as the wing. This has proven to be helpful on the tailwaters when tying this pattern in small sizes. Many times I will shorten the legs also to help prevent missed strikes. It is deadly, dead drifted or skated across the water.

 

 

 Recipe

Hook: Any good Caddis hook --#12-24
Thread:Unithread-8/0--Tan, brown, Olive or black
Tail: None
Ribbing:Gold Wire
Abdomen: Yellow, Caddis green, or tan  
Thorax: Same
Hackle: Your choice

Step 1

Step 1

Place hook in the vise and tie in thread. Wind thread to the hookbend.

Step 2

Step 2

Now tie in gold wire at the hookbend.

Step 3

Step 3

Next, wind Caddis Green superfine dubbing onto the thread.

Step 4

Step 4

.You are now ready to wind the dubbing forward to approximately 2-3 hookeye lengths back of the hookeye. This is very important to leave this space behind the hookeye, otherwise you will crowd the eye of the hook at the final tie off.

Step 5

Step 5

You are ready to tie in a hackle that has been sized and trimmed on the butt end just at the beginning of the body.

Step 6

Step 6

Now wind your hackle back to the end of the body of the fly. Take the thread and wind back through the hackle and do several wraps to secure the hackle at the rear of the body.

Step 7

Step 7

Trim the remaining hackle off at the rear of the fly.

Step 8

Step 8

Wind the thread forward to just behind the hookeye.  Now, take wire with hackle pliers and wind it forward toward the hook eye. 

Stage 9

Step 9

Wind gold wire to the front of the body and tie off.  Trim wire and leave the thread in place.

Step 10

Step 10

Trim a 2 inch long section of elk hair 1/4 inch wide.  Place hair
in stacker to even up the ends.  Remove hair and place on top of the fly until tip ends are even with the hook bend.

Step 11

Step 11

Transfer hair to left thumb and forefinger holding just behind tie in point. Make one soft wrap around hair and hook. Make another wrap and pull down applying tension.

Step 12

Step 12

Take thumb and forefinger and lift ends of the elk hair up and back. Now make two or three wraps around the hookeye. Finish tying off the fly and cement.

Step 13

Step13

Hold ends of the wing material up and place  scissors at the angle of the hookeye. Trim hair at the angle of the hookeye evenly.

Step 14

Step 14

Congratulations on finishing a beautiful and most useful fly. It will serve you well in the mountains or the tailwaters.


 

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