Video: How to Tie Craig Mathews’s X-Caddis

Because caddisflies tend to emerge very quickly, trout don’t want to expend too much energy chasing them. Instead, the fish focus on those emergers that are crippled or are struggling to escape the nymphal shuck. The X-Caddis, developed by famed West Yellowstone guide and shop-owner Craig Mathews, imitates just such an insect, with a trailing shuck of Zelon and a splayed wing of deer hair. Because there’s no hackle, the X-Caddis sits very low in the water, as if the bug is trapped in the surface film. All of these features make the fly attractive to feeding trout, and the pattern has proven itself effective over the years.

In this great video from Tightline Productions, author and blogger Matt Grobert, shows how easy it is to tie an X-Caddis. All you need to do is get the proportions right. So tie up a few of these and hit your local trout stream. Chances are, you won’t be disappointed.


          Olive X-Caddis
          Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (e.g. Dai-Riki #305), sizes 12-16.
          Thread: Olive, 6/0 or 140 denier.
          Shuck: Olive Zelon.
          Body: Olive dubbing (rabbit/Antron blend).
          Wing: Natural deer hair, cleaned and stacked.
          Head: Deer-hair butts.
          Note: Tie this in several colors to match the naturals.

One thought on “Video: How to Tie Craig Mathews’s X-Caddis”

  1. I the original tyer that develop the deer hair caddis in 1972 like Al Troth 19 57 did with the palmer hackle over the body.
    This pattern is wonderful where the bottom edge of the wind comes level to the bottom of the body.and act like pontoons that float the fly and also a natural caddis does set there wings equal to the bottom edge of the body and is a triggering mechanism yo get attentions to the trout .
    Your fly is one of the few tied right as most set the wings up on top like a streamer which is so wrong abd I got the idea fro Leonard Weight who developed the fluttering caddis .using mink tail guard hairs for the wing.
    This id the most correct deer hair caddis I ever seen tied
    Glenn Overtonn I also develop Wonder Wax

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