Elk Hair Caddis
|Body||dubbing fine wire|
Attach thread and wind the base. Select hackle and tie in with 5 tight wraps. Tie in fine wire with 5 tight wraps.
Wax thread with a light coat of wonder wax. Apply a thin amount of dubbing. Spread dubbing fibers out evenly on thread. Wrap dubbed thread evenly forward to the front end of the body. Tie off with 3 to 5 tight wraps. Note: it is common to either over-or underestimate the dubbing amount. It is easy to add more dubbing or pinch off excess dubbing.
After body completion evenly wind hackle forward from tail base to front end of body. Tie off with 3 to 5 tight thread wraps. Cut off excess stem with scissor tips or pull back on hackle to break it off at thread wraps.
Rib wire through body, secure with 5 tight wraps, and cut off excess.
Tie in elk hair wing at a 45 degree angle to the hook shank. Secure with 5 tight wraps. Trim butts to form a head.
Whip finish head with 4 to 8 turns. Pull tag end firmly and cut off excess thread. Place a drop of head cement on knot and allow it to penetrate both the thread base and hackle stems.
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