Chuck's Caddis Variant SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Works well when the caddis are skating all over the place and it's pretty easy to see even in failing light. Originally tied by Chuck Stranahan for steelhead.

    hook - Dai Riki 305 #16
    thread - Uni 8/0 tan
    abdomen - Congo Hair tan
    underwing - yearling elk bleached
    overwing - calf body
    hackle - grizzly dyed tan (oversize by 1)


    mash barb and attach thread at 60% mark (that'll be the reference point for the wing tie-in)

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    separate some Congo Hair fibers (original pattern called for antron, but CH is hydrophobic and I'm all for anything that helps with floatation); tie in and wrap back to point above hook barb

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    return thread to initial tie-in, take Congo Hair and twist tightly (make sure you've tied the CH down securely as the twisting generates a lot of torque)

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    start wrapping the CH rope forward (continue twisting as you wrap to maintain the segmentation)

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    as you reach the 60% mark let the CH untwist (creates a smoother tie-down), tie off and trim

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    clean and stack some elk hair

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    measure wing for length (hook shank), tie in, trim and smooth with thread wraps

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    clean and stack some (sparser than underwing) calf body

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    measure against underwing (same length)

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    and tie in; try to keep bulk down as much as possible while ensuring the calf tail stays put (you learn pretty quickly what the breaking strength of your thread is). You can sub your favorite synth for the wing and eliminate a lot of bulk.

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    prep a hackle and tie in; let the bobbin hang down at base of wing

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    with that bulky, sloping head, the hackle wants to slip off the front; wrapping the hackle against the tension created by the thread/bobbin hanging down helps prevent this (pic doesn't show the thread well)

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    tie off/trim hackle; half hitch x2 and SHHAN

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    Had decent results here although they can get picky at the start of the hatch

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    There's also a lot of craneflies on the water in the evening and, with the oversize hackle, the fish may be mistaking the fly for one of them; dunno.


    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. kelvin

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    Nice tie
     

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