Monday, May 6, 2013

Tying the Goddard Caddis

Here's another wonderful tying video from Tightline Productions, with Tim Flagler showing how he ties the Goddard caddis.   This pattern is a high floating, durable, caddis imitation that can be fished by itself, or as the top fly on a "hopper/dropper" rig.  Tim has been fishing this pattern often the last couple of weeks in the evening with good success.

If you want to make this pattern more hatch specific, you can add a dubbed body to the above pattern.  To accomplish this, leave the tag end of the tying thread hanging off the bend of the hook when you start your thread.  Once the hair "wing" of the fly is clipped to shape, dub a short section of this tag end of thread with an appropriate colored dubbing for the caddis you wish to imitate, and then slide the noodle up to the hook shank.  Then pull the dubbed thread up under the "wing" along the hook shank, and tie it off just ahead of the clipped hair, creating a body under the "wing".  Finish the fly just as you see in the video.  Whether you do this or not is up to you; either way, the fly is very effective and worth the effort to tie.  I always carry a few when on the water.  They are great for fast riffles and pocket water as they are very buoyant; they are also effective on slower water.

Tie some up and keep those hooks sharp.                  

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