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How to Tie a Simple and Effective All-Purpose Caddis in 3 Easy Steps:

 

One of the greatest joys of fly fishing is fooling a trout with a fly that you’ve tied. When tying imitative flies, I have found that there are two contrasting approaches, Hyper-Realistic vs Impressionistic.

In the Hyper-Realistic approach you carefully select the right materials and delicately tie the perfect imitation, sometimes spending an hour tying a single fly.

The Impressionistic approach aims to tie shape, color, and texture that are just clever enough to fool a trout.  One advantage of this approach is how quickly you can tie several flies. The all-purpose caddis pattern below takes only a few minutes to tie with some experience.

Materials:

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Thread: Black
Hook: “Hopper” hook sizes 12 – 20
Body: Spun Marabou Scraps (Black, Olive, Brown)
Wings: Elk Hair (Natural Color)
Hackle: Grizzly Hackle

Step 1: Spin the Marabou

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Just like you would with regular dubbing material, spin a few fibers of marabou.  Not too tight, you want the bushy appearance.

Step 2: Secure the Elk Hair

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You don’t need a lot of elk hair; a small pinch is fine.  The marabou will help keep this fly afloat.

Step 3: Wrap the Grizzly Hackle

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After a few wraps of Grizzly hackle, secure and whip finish.  That’s it!
This big brown trout pictured below took a size 18 version of this exact dry fly.

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Easy to tie and deadly! This dry fly has produced amazing results for me and my clients, especially on smaller creeks like Spruce Creek. I have a box full of this style fly, all colors and sizes 12-20. The smaller sizes fool even the most wary wild trout.

Tie up some of these flies and click here to fish Spruce Creek this spring!