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Fly Tying: Large Caddis/Sedge Pattern

I saw this wing technique (burning end of synthetic wing) some time ago, but cannot find the site now. With this pattern, there are few working parts: 2 pieces of Antron, 8/0 brown thread, one cream hackle and the size 10 hook.

First, a thread base was wrapped back and forth on the thread shank. A piece of Antron, that is the length of the hook shank, was tied in at the bend, allowing for a portion to extend out past the bend, to the rear as a tail. The Antron is pulled up over the top of the shank and held with right hand. The left hand is used (off hand for most) to tightly wrap the thread up the length of the body, which creates a segmented ribbing. This portion of the fly can end at the thorax area because it will be covered up.

Next I gathered a portion of Antron much thicker (four strands) than the section used for the body (one section of yarn). I tied the material in at the thorax point, about 2/3’s of the way up the shank from the rear bend. I left a bushy front end protruding out over the eye of the hook. Then I trimmed the rear part of the wind so that it just extended past the tail. I took a lighter and singed the tips of the Antron and crimped with  pliers. Lastly, I tied in a cream hackle and wrapped it 3-4 turns and tied of right behind the wing. Another colored hackle would be fine. I used cream, but grizzly or dun would be fine.

You can see the Antron or Zelon color and hackle could be mixed to create varied appearances. Of course, the size could be bigger or smaller, while using a light wire hook to help maintain floatation.


Fly Tying: Traveling Sedge (Antron or Zelon Wing)

I tied the Caddis pattern here as a Traveling Sedge for BC/Central Oregon stillwater trips. The single strand of pearl krystal flash has nothing to do with an adult Caddis. I added it just because. The body is heavily hackled from the rear to the half way point then a heavily bunched Zelon fiber wing was created and tied in. I again hackled the front of the fly. This is different than the Rackelhaen Caddis pattern, which is a simpler, durable fly pattern of primarily one material. The wing application is somewhat similar, and the point of this post. The synthetic wing can match elk or deer hair if dressed (floatant). (Wing options: Elk hair, deer hair, Antron, CDC: don’t add floatant to CDC; calf tail…on & on).

Rackelhanen Caddis Pattern at GFF


Traveling Sedge~Caddis (skittering, running, motoring along…a wallow and a glump)

Traveling Sedge from
Traveling Sedge from
Sedge Adult
Sedge Adult

“When asked what their favorite time to fish, most hardcore B.C. still water fly fisher’s agree that late June and caddis fly hatches are at the top of the list. This time of year can bring some of the biggest trout to the top to feed and create some of the most exciting displays of surface takes that you may ever encounter. 
Traveling sedges are also not your every day run of the mill caddis flies. No sir, these are the biggest of the big in the caddis fly world. Most travelers average around one inch long with many nearing the two-inch marker. In some instances I’ve seen them nearly three inches long and looking more like a dragonfly than a caddis.”
Yes sir, big glumps and wallowing over a big bushy Caddis dry is sooo much fun. Impart action of skittering and jiggling the fly across the surface toward you on the lake’s surface. Now, here is something from my own personal experience that may assist you. When you see the take, you may want to hesitate on the strike. I have noticed in B.C. and in Oregon that when the fish at first wallows or swamps over the fly there is a delay in the hook up. Yes, sometimes the fish simply takes the fly and it is hooked regardless of  whether you were looking at your buddy across the way or the hot babe walking the shoreline in a halter top (ok, not that common, with the mosquitoes and all). But, often the fish appears to have missed the fly or maybe is trying to swamp it, for the fish immediately resurfaces and cleanly takes the fly. I can recall fishing on SalmonL. (B.C.) and Hosmer L. (Oregon) and seeing the take, setting  and missing the set several times. First time, I was told by a nearby fly fisher to wait for the second take. It worked. Later in B.C. similar responses from the fish…and similar adjustments. It works. I believe any bushy oversized Caddis dry pattern can work, be it a Stimulator, Tom Thumb, Mikulak or Large Elk Hair Caddis. Fly fisherman express great pleasure in fishing dry flies as opposed to dredging the lower strata…this is even more exciting than most dry fly action..up there with Hex action and under more favorable conditions too.   

Elk Hair Caddis





Dancing Caddis (LaFontaine’s Inverted Tie)

Dancing Caddis

Dancing Caddis


The origins of this inverted tie are often laid to the late Gary LaFontaine. I recall this pattern originally having the unique bent shank/near the eye hook (European design, I imagine). This fly sets flush in the film and has the bottom portion of the wrapped hackle cut flush to better facilitate the floating flush position. The hook should be a light wire, wider gaped hook to facilitate the hookup. The body is dubbed with super fine type dubbing and I have seen it ribbed with a strand of krystal flash, but have found it to be too fragile if not also wrapped with very light wire, which adds weight. The deer hair wing should be just pronounced enough to form the classic tent shape. A size 10-16 (depending upon Caddis) works. A wrap or two of peacock or darker dubbing for the thorax. Keep it simple and light. Bigger sizes could be skittered across the surface ala Traveling Sedge for stillwaters.  An additional lifelike material to wrap around the thorax area is CDC. There are several Caddis patterns out there with CDC sparsely wrapped.

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