Dickson's Crystal Caddis SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Dec 20, 2013.

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    A stripped down Muddler in October Caddis colors


    hook - Dai Riki 799 #6 (all I have; pretend it's a dry hook)
    thread - Danville 6/0 hot orange, UTC 140 tan
    tag/rib - Krystal Flash orange
    body - poly yarn orange
    wing - hackle tips orange grizzly
    overwing - Krystal Flash orange
    collar/head - deer hair


    mash barb, wrap thread back to hook point

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    tie in 4 strands of Krystal Flash

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    wrap KF tag and tie off

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    tie in yarn, wrap forward to return wire

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    spiral rib forward, trim and tie off

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    measure 2 hackle tips for length (hook bend) and tie in

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    tie in 10-12 strands of KF

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    clean, stack a clump of deer hair and measure for length (rear of tag)

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    realize 6/0 Danville isn't the best thread for spinning a deer hair head on a salmon hook and switch to UTC 140 (tan here); 2 soft loops

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    pull thread tight slowly and let it spin around body; if it doesn't do a 360, back off a half turn, re-tighten and it should encompass the hook

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    pack deer hair back, clean another clump (don't stack, trim the tips), and repeat the spinning process (for both clumps, I ended up using more deer hair than I thought I would need because of the difficulty I had getting it to spin around the double wire)

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    half hitch x 2 and SHHAN, trim KF, trim head into a Muddlerish shape (take 2, flatten the bottom a bit more); riffle hitch and go skating

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. does the poly yarn help keep this afloat?
    what is the advantage I hear sometimes trimming the bottom of the spun head flat?
    Thanks for sharing
     
  3. The stuff is (at least partly) hydrophobic, so it does help; I could have used 1mm foam, too.

    For some flies (not necessarily this one in particular), trimming the bottom flat helps clear the hook gap; I think it also helps the fly land upright.


    Regards,
    Scott
     
  4. Makes sense - thanks for sharing. Do you fish this fly much in the fall?
     
  5. Jamie,

    Haven't yet, but I plan to. I just thought it was a cool looking fly.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  6. He's got another tied like that but with purple deer hair spun just like the one you showed. I forget the name. His Ms Black is also a good fly - more like a nymph. I have had a lot of success with the Ms Black - on salmon and SRC in the fresh
     
  7. That one's called the Lights Out http://www.salmonfly.net/Dickson6.html

    The Mrs Black looks like a cross between a Comet, Skunk and Signal Light - cool fly.


    Regards,
    Scott
     
  8. What kind of hook would you normally select for this pattern?
     
  9. I'm no expert on steelhead flies, obviously. I'll let the experts chime in on prime dry fly iron.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
  10. I'm no expert, but I like this fly in.a gold size. 5 Alec Jackson Spey hook.
     

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