Peeking Caddis

Fly Name
Hook 8-14
Thread black & fine gold wire
Wings none
Tails  
Body Hare's ear & ultra chenille
Hackle black neck

Peeking Caddis

Peeking Caddis

Attach thread to hook shank and tie in the fine wire. Wax thread with a light coat of wonder wax. Apply a thick amount of dubbing. Spread dubbing fibers out evenly on thread. Twist dubbing evenly on thread with thumb and forefinger.

Peeking Caddis

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.

Peeking Caddis

Attach the ultra chenille body material with 3 to 5 tight wraps of thread.

Peeking Caddis

Make 2 wraps of chenille and tie off with 4 or 5 tight wraps. Trim away excess chenille.

Peeking Caddis

Select hackle for size and stiffness. Expose base by gently stripping back fibers. Tie in by base with two loose winds followed up with 3 to 5 tight winds. Convex side of hackle faces the fly's body

After the body is completed, evenly wrap 2 hackle turns. If hackle is short or difficult to grasp use a hackle pliers, otherwise use your thumb and forefinger. Tie off hackle with 3 to 5 tight thread wraps. Either trim away excess or pull backwards and break stem off at windings.

Peeking 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. Trim hackle in half. This makes the legs stick out like the natural.

Peeking Caddis

This is an excellent nymph pattern when there is nothing hatching. It's a year round fly that produces in all seasons. Most streams have an abundance of cased caddisflies. Fish it close to the bottom in a dead drift presentation.

Peeking Caddis


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