Its unusual for me to like a fly as much as I like this one, yet know essentially nothing about it…

Its an emerger, and likely a caddis. I think I picked it up at the Orvis shop in Chicago about seven years ago, but i’m not sure. I sort of care…but I don’t. I didn’t create it, but it DOES fool some wary trout when it seems nothing else will. When drifting in the current, the only part visible is the CDC wing. The fine copper wire does it’s job of getting the body of the fly just under the surface…sometimes it works too well. After a fish or two, the fly has a tendancy to sink unless the CDC is totally dry. I compensate by always having a number of them with me, and quickly change flies if it becomes staurated. Its quick to tie, and I’ve never tried any size bigger or smaller than the original #14 I bought. The design would lend itself to sizes as small as #18, and much larger sizes quite easily.

Tying Caddis Emerger Fly Pattern

Hook:Scud Style, #14 (TMC#2487)
Thread:Black 8/0
Rib:Fine/small copper wire
Abdomen:Tan Antron (spooled variety)
Antennae:Mallard Flank Fibers (tan color)
Wing:Tan CDC
Head:Peacock herl

Tie in, wind thread approx. 1/3 of the way to the bend. Tie in the copper wire and wind thread back towards the bend.

Tie in the strand of Antron and wind the thread forward to approx. where the copper wire started.

Creating a slight taper,Wind the Antron forward to the same point and tie-off. Wind the wire forward creating the rib. Tie-off. Trim the Antron and copper wire.

Tie in 2-4 mallard flank fibers as shown, tips facing forward. The length should be about the length of the body.

Align the tips of approx. 4-5 tan CDC feathers and tie in as shown. Trim off the butts of the feathers. Note:the amount, and quality of the CDC is up to you. The "original" I have uses pretty poor quality CDC that’s trimmed after its been tied in.

Tie in 2 fine strands of peacock herl as shown and wind forward creating a bit of bulk. Tie-off. Make 2 wraps of thread back through the herl, and 2 forward towards the head to protect the herl from being cut by the trout’s teeth.***I tie this fly with 12/0 black thread so this procedure does not flatten the herl

The finished fly.

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