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Posted 28 March 2012 - 01:12 PM
I am having a problem tying Caddis flies. I cannot keep the hair for the upper wing from flaring and/or spinning around the hook. I have tried putting a loop of thread around the bundle before securing it to the hook, no luck. I have tried holding the hair until my fingers got tired, still no luck...I always either end up with hair that has flared to the point of being almost straight up and out, to hair that has fully encircled the hook and then I have to spend a lot of time with a dubbing needle and tweezers pulling out the unruly hair fibers. So, can anyone provide me with just one tip, or more, to prevent the hair from flaring out or from spinning around the hook shank? If so, I would be eternally grateful...and my friend who is going to Yellowstone and needs some caddis flies or he says his trip will be a bust (I seriously doubt that my flies are going to make or break his trip...lol...) will get the flies he wants, along with a whole group of other flies.
That reminds me, does anyone happen to know of a stone cold killer pattern for Yellowstone in early September? I've read that mayflies are a good bet all year around, but I was hoping some of you have either fished there or better yet, live there. I just want my buddy, who is new to fly fishing (I finally managed to get the spinning reel rig out of his hands..woohoo), to have a great trip and catch a lot of fish.
Thank any and all of you who might choose to respond, hopefully in the future I might be able to help one of you someday...stranger things have happened in my life...
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:11 PM
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:20 PM
Here is someone tying an elk hair caddis on a NorVise. The winging technique is the same, regardless of the vise. He uses two soft loops, and gets great results.
Posted 28 March 2012 - 02:48 PM
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Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:41 PM
Matthew 25: 35-36
"Out of every 100 men, 10 shouldn’t even be there, 80 are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior and he will bring the others back.”
"No man ever steps in the same river twice" — Heraclitus, 5 B.C
Based Scottish Highlands. UK
Posted 28 March 2012 - 03:42 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:07 AM
This is what the fish in the Yellowstone area are seeing in September:
Some of the hatches listed in this BRF chart are dependent on one's location. Do some sniffing around the Blue Ribbon Flies site:
...and the Park's Fly Shop site:
I ALWAYS have a selection of these in my boxes, in September:
...I've had some interesting days, using that pattern, around here, once the first cold weather kicks in...
Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:58 AM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:42 AM
I tie in the shuck and a very fine filament of nylon from an organza ribbon. The nylon will reinforce the mylar body. I then return the thread to the eye and tie in the mylar and wrap back to the bend, and return to the starting point. Rib with the nylon. Tie in your elk or deer hair. Keep the hair shorter than normal. The hair on mine is longer than it should be, but they worked just fine.
As for mink tail. I don't think it would be a great material for these. It won't flair like you need it to.
Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:31 PM