High Riding Elk Hair Caddis – Hackled

When caddis are skittering and flying about the streams surface, they tend to bounce around on top of the water.  I’ve noticed this tends to happen in areas where the water is flowing quite quickly.  Mimicking the behavior of caddis  at this stage in their lives, the egg laying stage can be a tough task.  The method I usually employ is skating the fly on the surface, and usually making quite the disturbance on the surface as well.  This is a good thing, as the caddis flies are doing the same thing.   Check out this article and video about skating dry flies.

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  • Hook size 12 – 18 dry fly
  • Thread brown 6/0
  • Body olive dry fly dub
  • Hackle short cock hackle – red
  • Wing white Elk Hair
  • Head trimmed elk hair butts

Tie this fly in various colours and sizes to ‘match the hatch’ in your area.

Fly Pattern Specific Rivers:

Bottom View

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Side View

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Top View

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