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tied by Owl Jones
Fly Type: Dry,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Southeast US,
Imitation: Caddis Flies,
#14-#16 Light-wire Dry Fly Hook (Standard or Stimulator Style Hook)
6/0 Brown Thread
Fine Gold Wire (small)
Natural Elk Hair
Brown or Tan Dry Fly Dubbing
Brown or Tan Quality Saddle Hackle
Tying Instructions: Create a base layer with the thread.
Catch in gold wire and wrap to back of hook.
Dub body thinly 2/3 the way back to hook eye.
Tie in saddle hackle.
Palmer saddle hackle back to hook bend keeping wraps very tight, almost touching.
Secure hackle with gold wire, wrapping wire to 2/3 the way back to eye of hook.
Stack elk hair as normal.
ROTATE HOOK 180 DEGREES to an UPSIDE-DOWN POSITION.
Tie in elk hair as normal, which now will cover the hook point and create a traditional Caddis look.
Presentation Tips: This fly is called the EzSK8R (easy skater) because it's designed to float high and dry for extended periods, even when the fly is actively "skating" across the water. You should keep the hackle wraps tight and apply floatant before fishing. Cast across or across and down, holding the rod high and gently shaking it to make the fly "skate" or dance across the surface in an erratic manner. The fly should skim/skate/hop over the surface, and you should stop every few feet and let it dead-drift a foot or so downstream. Strikes usually occur during the "skating" or immediately after the fly starts it's dead drift. Don't wiggle the rod tip too much or the fly will spend most of it's time in the air. You want it to imitate a natural caddis as much as possible - one that's laying it's eggs or taking flight. As a bonus to it's fish catching abilities, it can be used for long periods of time without sinking due to the upside down hook and the generous, compact hackle fibers.
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