The Elk Hair Caddis is without a doubt one of my go-to caddisfly patterns.
It’s fun to experiment with new caddisfly patterns but when all else fails, I know that this one works. It’s also one of the simplest caddisfly patterns to tie so it’s easy to stockpile a bunch in a short amount of time.
Traditionally the body of this fly was ribbed with fine copper wire, but you can also use a longer tag end of your tying thread or a small length of mono tippet to act as the rib. It’s a minor detail but anything that reduces the weight of a dry fly can’t be a bad thing.
Once you get tie a dozen Elk Hair Caddis flies, try the Zebra Midge Emerger next. It’s a great beginner midge pattern.
Elk Hair Caddis
- Hook: 12-18 dry fly; TMC 100, Mustad R30
- Thread: 8/0 Uni-thread or UTC 70 denier
- Body: grey frog's hair dubbing
- Hackle: grizzly
- Wing: yearling elk hair
- Set up your fly tying vise
- Fix the hook in the vise's jaw
- Push play on the video tutorial