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A few minor tweaks to a cool fly.

hook - Dai Riki 280 #14
thread - MFC 8/0 brown
shuck/feelers - Congo Hair white
rib - Krystal Flash pearl
abdomen - Zelon dubbing hydropsyche
overbody - 2mm foam tan
indicator - Parapost hot orange
legs - partridge
head - Haretron chocolate

mash barb, start thread at 2/3 mark; tie in CH (don't trim), wrap back to bend and trim shuck (shank length)



tie in foam strip (gap width), taper end; brush on a little Super Glue and cover with thread wraps







tie in KF rib



dub thread, dub abdomen





counterwrap rib; tie off/trim



divide CH, wrap back on either side





pull foam over top; tie down, trim, cover with thread







tie in indicator



prep feather, tie in by tip; wrap







unwind twist in thread, split with bodkin; insert dubbing, spin (not shown), moisten and wrap head, half hitch x 2, SHHAN









trim indicator and feelers







first try was with conventional dubbed head; I prefer the shaggier split-thread version



Regards,
Scott
 

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Scott,

What are your thoughts on this in an #18? Do you think it's doable? If so, will it float with so little foam in such a small size.

Love this fly and am heading back to ME in June to fish with my buddies there and the caddis hatch is dynamite. I've always used a LaFontaine ESP in #18. It doesn't float all that well though. This might be the ticket.

Thanks.
 

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What are your thoughts on this in an #18? Do you think it's doable? If so, will it float with so little foam in such a small size?
Haven't tried it that small but can't see why it wouldn't work. If you're worried about crowding the gap, I'd use a #16 shorter shank hook, like a Dai Riki 305; shank length's about the same as a #18 320. I'd also use 1mm foam for the over body; I think the 2mm would be a bit bulky. It should float okay on that little piece of iron; not all day after you've caught a bunch of fish, but it is an emerger pattern after all. If a couple false casts don't work, tie on a new one.

Regards,
Scott
 
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