Classic Video: How to Tie the Rough-Water Caddis

I fish a lot of caddisfly patterns in late summer and fall, as most of the mayfly and stonefly hatches are over for the season around here. Here’s a great caddisfly imitation from Norwegian tier Gunnar Bingen, which is meant to be fished in rough, broken water. I’ll bet that it also works well as a skittering caddis, too.

In this typically awesome video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions walks you through the tying process, demonstrating great materials-handling techniques. One of my bigger frustrations when I first started tying was that I had difficulty keeping the materials in place; they always wanted to rotate or slide. What I enjoy about watching Tim’s videos is that he takes the time to show the viewer exactly how he holds, wraps, and secures each material.

          Rough-Water Caddis (Dyret)
          Hook: 1X-long dry-fly hook (here a Dai-Riki #300), size 14.
          Thread: Olive, 6/0.
          Tails/head: Natural deer body hair, cleaned and stacked.
          Hackle: Grizzly rooster saddle hackle, trimmed on the bottom.
          Body: Tan Super Fine dubbing.
          Note: Change the colors to match the naturals.

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