Hot Wire Caddis

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Without question, my favorite, and most effective fly for whitefish is Ken Morrish's Hot Wire Caddis. A couple years ago I was fishing the Teton River and South Fork Snake in SE Idaho and found that this fly in chartreuse and hot yellow outperformed my previous favorite, a bead-head Prince, by a wide margin. I've caught bigger whities on zebras and firebead scuds on some western tailwaters but this fly has proven a more consistent fish-getter. If you don't mind catching a trout every once in a while, straight copper, brown and black have worked pretty well, too.

    Pretty simple fly to tie. I did this one in a bit of a hurry (while my wife was out running errands), didn't have any of the UTC wire in Small, only Brassie or X-Small so I used the Brassie, which was probably a little big for the hook size, hence the gaps between wire wraps (could have pushed them back with my fingernail but fish don't care). We'll call this a guide tie, even though I'm definitely no guide; guess I could call it a TFLTFI (Too Frikkin' Lazy To Fix It)


    hook - Dai Riki 135 #16
    thread - Uni 8/0 black
    body - UTC Ultra Wire chartreuse
    shell back - flexi floss black
    underwing - goose biots brown
    overwing - Krystal Flash pearl
    legs - partridge hackle
    collar - Ice Dub UV black
    head - 3/32 black brass bead


    Part 1


    Mash down barb & slide bead on hook

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    Lay down a base layer of thread then tie in Flexi-floss and wire

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    Wrap Flexi-floss and wire back to and past hook bend (thread's frayed; looks like I've got a nick in the bobbin tube)

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    Wrap thread back to head and then wrap wire forward 4 turns

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    Pull Flexi-floss over top of wire

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    Hold Flexi-floss there and then wrap wire once over, pull floss back and continue wrapping wire (4 turns again)

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    Repeat

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    and again

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    Couple more wire wraps and snip tag end of shellback

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    Helicopter wire to break it and cover end with thread wraps

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    pull off 2 biots for the underwing


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    Tie in "V" style with tips extending back to hook bend


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    Prep a partridge feather and snip out the tip


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    Hold partridge feather on top of fly, a couple soft thread wraps and adjust legs as needed with a tug or two


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    2 strands of Krystal Flash (I see a career as a hand model in my future)


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    Tied in


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    Folded over (trim to hook bend)


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    Apply small amount of dubbing


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    Wrap a sparse collar


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    Whip finish, add a touch of Miss Sally and you're done


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    Change colors and sizes as you see fit.


    Steve Schalla has a good SBS on his site, too (minus the humor and snappy banter I provide free of charge)
    http://stevenojai.tripod.com/insthotwirecad.htm

    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. Patrick Gould

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    Nice looking fly. I'm planning on partaking of a little winter whitefish fishing this year. I'll have to tie up a few of these.
     
  3. surfnsully

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    Nice tie. Thanks and I will be throwing a few of theses on the D this winter.
     
  4. Richard Torres

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    Speaking of Miss Sally, I bet this would work well during a yellow sally hatch on the west side rivers.
     

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