Griffin’s Woven Candy Caddis Nymph


There aren’t many ingredients for this fly, which features a woven 
body of waxed twine (top) and Wapsi Stretch tubing.

Woven-body fly patterns often look intimidating, as if creating the body involves some kind of arcane knitting skill. But Georgia-based tier Kevin Griffin’s caddisfly-nymph pattern reveals that you can achieve that neat woven look simply by tying repeated overhand knots in contrasting materials. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can mix and match colors and materials to create new patterns to match your local bugs.

Griffin’s Woven Candy Caddis Nymph 

Hook:  Scud hook, sizes 12-16. 

Head: Black drilled bead. 

Thread: Light Cahill, 6/0, and black, 8/0. 

Body: Waxed twine and Green Wapsi Stretch Tubing, woven. 

Legs: Black goose biots.

Thorax: Peacock SLF Prism dubbing.

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Step 1: Place the bead on the hook.

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Step 2: Attach the thread behind the bead, and wrap along 
the hook shank to the bend of the hook.

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Step 3: Lash the Stretch Tubing to the side of the hook 
shank nearest you, hanging to the rear.

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Step 4: Split the waxed twine to create a smaller-diameter piece to suit the size of the hook you’re using.

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Step 5: Attach the yellow twine to the far side of the hook shank.

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The Step 6: Build up a tapered body with the thread and then
whip finish.

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Step 7: Turn the vise so the head of the fly is toward you
and cut the thread.

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Step 8: Make an overhand knot with the Stretch Tubing and the twine. 
The color you want on top of fly should always go behind the other material when you’re making the knot.

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Step 9: Cinch down, pulling from both sides with equal tension, so the green Stretch Tubing is on top and the yellow twine is on the bottom.

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Step 10: Continue making overhand knots and working your way 
forward to just behind the bead.

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Step 11: Turn vise back to normal position.  Attach the black thread, and secure the tubing and twine, and trim the excess.

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Step 12: Attach one black goose biot on each side, 
at an angle just behind the bead.

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Step 13: Trim the biots to form short, rear-angled legs.

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Step 14: Spin some dubbing on the thread, wrap a small thorax, whip-finish, and tie off.

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The finished fly has just the right combination of 
contrast, bugginess, and flash.

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