Posts Tagged ‘elk hair

13
Jan
12

Fly Tying: The Hairwing’s Versatility

This pattern style has several variations that the tier can use to move between a Mayfly emerger (Hairwing Dun) to a Caddis (Matthews X-Caddis & the Elk Hair Caddis). The Elk hair wing is central to the three patterns. The Eld Hair Caddis would have the palmered hackle and no tail. The Hairwing Dun has a modest hackle wound beneath the Elk Hair wing and still can have the tail (feather barbs or synthetic fibers).

Elk Hair Caddis (SwittersB)

Black Quill Hairwing Dun (Tim Hiltz) Here the Hairwing is a bit sparser and you see the hackle wound at the thorax beneath the hairwing. This most often seems to delineate the Hairwing pattern between a Mayfly and a Caddis.

23
Aug
10

Fly Tying: Over Wing & Under Wing (Hair and CDC)

October Caddis (SwittersB)

Size 8, straight eye hook, brown 8/0 thread, two herls of dyed orange peacock for abdomen with touch of orange dubbing for thorax, then one wrap of CDC and  one wrap of barred orange hackle, under wing: three CDC feather, over wing: deer hair.

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October Caddis (SwittersB)

Same recipe as above except no barred orange hackle wrap. I tied in the under wing of  CDC then dubbed in front of it before tying in over wing of deer hair. An unnecessary step, I think.

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October Caddis (SwittersB)

Dubbed orange abdomen here. One turn of CDC feather and then the under wing of four CDC feathers. The over wing is elk hair . The deer hair was nicer to work with. I left the heads scruffy and untrimmed. Just experimentations with my recent infatuation with CDC. The hook is too small and light wire for a steelhead skater. The head is also too small. A more pronounced head would be needed to better displace water/wake ‘n skate.

The under wing/over wing, comprised of CDC and deer or elk hair, will add considerable buoyancy. Another trigger or excitor factor I like are the dangling, busy, life giving CDC fibers. You might get some of this by simply tying in the under wing. But, I like the suggestion of life from wrapping a CDC hackle one to two times and allowing for the trailing fibers to work their magic on/in the water.




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