Soft Hackles is a good pattern to imitate a caddis pupae or egg-laying caddis. They can be effective when there is no hatch in progress. The Current River has a hatch of the October Caddis in the fall.
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|Hook:||TMC 300 size #8
|Wing:||Normal Deer Hair
|Body;||Burnt Colored Chenille
Fish the caddis as you would fish a soft hackle throughout the water column. Cast across or down and across and mend up or down stream to control the depth of the fly.
- Place the hook in the vise and start the thread behind the eye. Build a thread foundation down the shank to the bend. Bring the thread back to behind the eye.
- Tie on a length of burnt chenille down the shank of the hook. Spiral wrap the thread to a point behind the eye.
- Wrap the chenille forward and tie off about two eye lengths behind the eye.
- Clip off an appropriate amount of deer hair, clean the hair and stack so the tips are equal.
- Tie the deer hair behind the eye. Use a bundle wrap so that hair stays on top of the shank. Clip the end.
- Select a small amount of partridge and tie on as a beard.
- Form a head, whip finish and add a bit of cement.
Flies or materials are available at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
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