Published Apr 21. 2022 - 1 month ago
Updated or edited Apr 22. 2022

Elk Hair Caddis

Elk Hair Caddis are one of those flies that have been around for a long time, yet still are some of the best dry flies you could fish with. They are a classic pattern that just seems to work. Simple, yet effective is the name of the game with these. Somewhat of a guides style dry fly, these will work in almost any river, stream or lake where trout and other fish species are targeting adult caddis. They float really well and really do mimic a caddis very well. Not just for Trout though, I know a lot of people use these for sunfish and bass as well. You can tie them in a wide range of sizes and colors, and there are a bunch of variants as well. Make it for your local waters, and mimic the species/size of caddis the fish are going after.

One thing I want to mention, if you look at the original pattern created by Al Troth in the late 50's he made the wing lay down a bit more. These days you see many EHC with the wing flared up and super bushy. Thats fine and all, and quite possibly better for seeing on top of the water. However it stops mimicking a caddis as much and becomes more of an indicator fly. Trout will still eat it tied that way, but I much prefer fishing these with a laid down wing rather than one that bushes upward like most modern versions of this fly. The beauty of tying your own flies though is you can make the how you want, so have fun with it and tie it to your own needs and wants.

Also this can be tied with deer hair as I mentioned in the video. Traditionally it was tied with elk hair but, deer hair is generally more fine, easier to find, and easier to work with. Also a plus is you can find it in a number of colors as well. So dont be hesitant to use deer hair for this fly if you so choose.

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Hook: Risen Barbless 100 dry fly (size 14) -
Thread: Veevus 10/0 (olive) -
Hackle: Whiting dry fly saddle (size 16/brown) Note, the 100 packs are from saddles, and much less expensive -
Dubbing: Antron Dubbing (medium olive) -
Wing: Elk Hair (bleached) -
Resin: Solarez Ultra Thin -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Scissors: Risen Spring Assist -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Hackle Tool: Griffin Hackle Gauge -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -
UV Light: Solarez UV Cure (high output) -

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