Dickson's Crystal Caddis SBS

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

  1. ScottP Active Member

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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. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    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. ScottP Active Member

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    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. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    Makes sense - thanks for sharing. Do you fish this fly much in the fall?
  5. ScottP Active Member

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    Jamie,

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

    Regards,
    Scott
  6. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    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. ScottP Active Member

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    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