F&K Caddis

Published Aug 15th 2013

This caddis pattern has a great profile and an hot spot that can attract fish. It's been very successful for the originator.


F&K Caddis

Here is a pattern that I developed a couple of years ago, that have caught many fish for me.
This has become my number one caddis fly. If you look at the fly in the water, reflection in the surface film makes me believe this is one of the reasons why the fly is so successful.
It gives double the normal "profile" for the fish to zoom in, plus you have the added advantage of the hotspot, which is a great attractor for the fish. The F&K Caddis can imitate an emerging, hatching, trapped caddis, with the submerged abdomen.

F&K Caddis
Korrie Broos
Target species
Brook trout
Brown trout
Rainbow trout (landlocked)

Hook Dry fly bent to grub style or just a plain grub hook in the sizes 12 to 18
Hot spaot/tagFluro orange or Fluro green thread
ThreadDark brown
Body2 to 3 peacock herl and grizzly to red hackle. Stroke hackle back, so that the hackle fibers are perpendicular to stalk. Thin copper wire (optional)
Wing4 CDC feathers tip tops lined up. (colours from light tan to almost black)
Antennae2 Pheasant tail barbs or elk hairs. (optional)
HeadArtificial peacock dubbing

Fish taken on the F&K Caddis

Step 1 - tag - Tie the tag/hotspot in, as far down the bend as possible and start the brown thread on the end of hotspot.
Step 1 - tag
Step 2 - hackle - Stroke back the fibers on the hackle to get the perpendicular to the stem
Step 2 - hackle
Step 3 - body parts - The hackle, the peacock herl and the copper wire for the body
Step 3 - body parts
Step 4 - assembling - Take the peacock herl and hackle. Clamp tips in hackle pliers. Make sure the fibers are stroked downwards, so that the hackles are standing perpendicular to the stalk.
Step 4 - assembling
Step 5 - twist - While holding the end of the peacock herl and hackle in left hand, start twisting the peacock herl and hackles clock wise. Twist until a uniform “rope” has formed with the hackle fibers sticking out, uniformly, from the peacock her.
Step 5 - twist
Step 6 - body - Take the end of the “rope” of peacock her and hackle form the hackle pliers and tie in at the bend of the hook. Take the tread forward to about 1,5mm behind the eye of the hook. Wrap the “rope” forward and tie off behind the eye of the hook.
Step 6 - body

Step 7 - CDC feathers - Prepare foru CDC feathers by aligning them
Step 7 - CDC feathers
Step 8 - wing - Tie the 4 CDC feathers in to match the size of the hook. Tips of CDC protruding a little past bend of hook.
Step 8 - wing

Antennae - The position and length of the antennae
Step 8 - antennae - Tie in the antennae of either pheasant tail or elk hair. Form a head with the slightest of artificial peacock dubbing.
Step 8 - antennae


Now go and catch plenty of fish on the F&K Caddis.

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