When I was out on the Battenkill the other night, I was treated to an amazing flight of caddisflies heading upstream, like an insect version of the New Jersey Turnpike at rush hour. So ’tis the season for caddis patterns in much of the country. Tim Flagler shares one of his favorite imitations in the latest how-to video from Tightline Productions. As you’ll see, the Dustup Caddis is easy to tie, remarkably buggy, and floats beautifully if you treat it right. I know that this pattern will work brilliantly on my favorite mountain-brookie stream, as well.
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here, a Dai-Riki #300), sizes 14-18.
Thread: Olive, tan, or brown, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Body: Natural Rabbit Dubbing.
Adhesive #1: Dubbing Wax.
Wing: Tan short/fine deer hair or elk hair, cleaned and stacked.
Adhesive #2: Zap-A-Gap.
Head: Tying thread.
Adhesive #3: Head cement.