Elk Hair Caddis (dubbed, ribbed and scraggly)

Caddis (Low Water Profile)

Caddis (Low Water Profile)

The hardest part of this pattern is dubbing a minimal amount of your favorite sparkle, synthetic dubbing and then winding a thin copper ribbing up through the dubbing. Then brush out the dubbing to a scraggly style to animate the surface. Remember an ultra thin copper wire, tinsel or thread type ribbing.  This is a size 14 dry fly hook and, of course, and Elk Hair wing. A slightly different version from the usual EHC pattern. It will float lower and offer more movement on and in the surface film. Of course, the dubbing can be a different color, say tan, cinnamon or darker. Found this pattern to tie at The Caddis Fly Shop; Eugene, Oregon. A similar pattern, I have shown before, has CDC palmered around shank and under wing. This pattern would be more durable.  

4 Responses to “Elk Hair Caddis (dubbed, ribbed and scraggly)”

  1. May 9, 2009 at 13:26

    That’s a great looking caddis. Any thoughts on if it’d be buoyant enough in a larger size, like an 8-10 for the McKenzie Green Caddis?


    • 2 swittersb
      May 9, 2009 at 16:01

      I bought it (TCFS) and copied it in a size 14 and 12. I just don’t recall if the shop has it in larger sizes??? for larger caddis hatches. I am particularly interested in the durability of the dubbing vs. wound CDC, which I had bad success with. This pattern holds promise to be more durable. I can’t wait to try it….it is a unique pattern and I have only seen it at the shop. My only admonition is to not over dub the fly…if you could suggest the appropriate hook for a larger dressing, I think it would be a great pattern. I am experimenting with a larger Traveling Sedge type look to skitter across the top for stillwaters but can already see it maybe tooooo heavy. Also, I am limited on McK R. hatches knowledge…your specialty no doubt.

      Hope Go Green is progressing well for you and Leah…


  2. May 5, 2009 at 07:55

    Nice looking fly, looks bouyant and rugged.


  3. May 4, 2009 at 09:23

    I like it pretty much, also I´m experiment with CDC right now, It a cool idea.



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