Elk Hair Caddis

Fly Name
Hook 10-20
Thread black
Wings elk hair
Tails none
Body dubbing fine wire
Hackle brown

Elk Hair Caddis

Elk Hair Caddis

Attach thread and wind the base. Select hackle and tie in with 5 tight wraps. Tie in fine wire with 5 tight wraps.

Elk Hair Caddis

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.

Elk Hair Caddis

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.

Elk Hair Caddis

Rib wire through body, secure with 5 tight wraps, and cut off excess.

Elk Hair Caddis

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.

Elk Hair Caddis

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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