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Fly Tying: Tied Down Caddis Pattern

Tied Down Caddis (TDC) SwittersB

Tied Down Caddis (TDC) SwittersB

I tied these with a yellow and a olive body. Originally, I only fished with an orange bodied TDC. I need to tie some of those orange bodies. This pattern doubles as a scud pattern too, for some. By the eye, I thought the hackle to be just fine, but in looking at the pic, the lens shows the hackle to be a bit overdressed and too long for my tastes. This is a lesson in fly tying, a pattern that you have never tied before or haven’t visited in a while, often requires a good half dozen efforts to fine tune the look and materials to maintain that look.

Size 14 nymph hook, 8/0 tan thread, deer hair tail and top pulled up over single strand of wool yarn (3 ply), tied in at back, which is wrapped up the shank and tied off. A brown hackle was tied in at same tie in point as single strand of yarn. Hackle was wrapped forward over body. The deer hair is then pulled over the body/hackle and tied down. The hard part (for me) is to then trim the deer hair close, then cover the deer hair to form a thread head, without too much build up. The body could be dubbed, but I would go with a dry fly type fine dubbing. Of course, the options abound.


Tied Down Caddis (another old, forgotten standby)


When I was first learning to flyfish, it was with the assistance of a neighbor boy…Lennie. He had been commissioned by a woman at a sporting goods store to tie one fly for commercial sale…the one fly was the orange bodied Tied Down Caddis. So, as I fished for rainbows and cutt throat trout, the only fly I had for years was the TDC. I new little about presentation or caddis or what trout ate. I did recall the slashing takes by trout of the one and only fly Lennie tied. He received 5 cents for each fly tied. That aside he pilfered off a few here and there and we had our ready arsenal for Summer.

As I have offered in previous posts, we move from the old standbys to the new and interesting patterns. We forget the old and abandon them. Try to find a TDC and you will not find one, excepting a steelhead version on the Welches, Oregon shop’s site and even then it has a buzz cut head…not how the original was tied. So, I have tried to recreate it here. I tied it a bit messy and the deer hair was too coarse and a bit twisted as I pulled it over but you get he idea of how it should look. I am going to tie more and make the fly a little sleaker. Still as it looks here it is quite close to Lennie’s original that he tied as a young teen.      

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