Elk Hair Caddis
Text and Photos by Andrew Susani
|Hook||#10 - #18 (usually #12-14)|
|Thread||Black or Brown 6/0|
|Body||Squirrels fur or similar|
|Wing||Natural coloured Elk Hair|
|Hackle||Brown or ginger cock saddle|
the thread at the bend of the hook and tie in a saddle feather by the
tip. The feather fibres should be slightly longer than the gape of the
2. Take some light brown dubbing and dub a small amount on the thread.
4. Palmer the hackle feather in evenly spaced turns (about 1.5-2mm apart) over the dubbed body and tie it down where the thread is hanging from the previous step.
a bunch of elk hair about as big as 2 matchsticks and stack it in a
hair stacker (or pen lid for the frugal and/or inventive) so that the
tips are all lined up. Trim the butts and tie the bunch on top of the
hook so that the tips are just extending past the bend of the hook.
6. Look at the fly from the front and the top and make sure that the elk hair is distributed evenly. When you are happy with it, take a couple more turns of thread to make sure it is secure, then trim the butts off at 45 degrees to form a head just behind (or perhaps just over) the eye of the hook. Whip finish, carefully varnish the thread wraps, and the fly is ready for action.
the hackle backwards as it is wound so that you donít get fibres
towards the front of the fly that will get in the way when you are
make the head.
that the less weight
you have on the fly, the better it will float, so keep thread work to a
and use nice stiff hackles.
fast water, you might want to have a few flies tied up using 2 hackle
instead of one so the fly is more buoyant and wonít get dragged under