Friday, August 20, 2010

My Montana Morning Go-to Fly

Early morning was about the only time of day the air was calm, and so the caddis took advantage by laying their eggs.  I used one pattern, a simple egg-laying caddis with either a caribou hair, or snowshoe rabbit foot wing, to imitate the naturals.  The well-chewed pattern here is tied with snowshoe rabbit foot hair.

It's a simple fly to tie, using some of the techniques I use on my other flies.  As you can see from the above fly, after taking a number of good fish, it is durable and will continue to take fish........until I break it off on a back cast! The egg sac is imitated with caddis green zelon, and although the natural's egg sac is a darker green, I believe the exaggeration helps triggger strikes.

Hook: TMC 100 #16-18
Thread: 6/0 Olive
Egg Sac: Caddis green zelon
Body: Tan dubbing
Underwing: Clear zelon
Overwing: Snowshoe rabbit foot hair or caribou hair
Thorax:  Touch dubbed natrual hare's mask

Awesome fly for anywhere caddis are found.

A little Montana distraction.............................

Earth laughs with flowers. Emerson


micah said...

Nice! I am excited about a pair of orange hares feet I just picked up. I can't wait to whip up some fresh October caddis styles.

Hope your having fun!

CD said...

Love this Matt. Natural born killer...