Video: How to Tie JC’s Electric Caddis Larva

We have previously featured a cool caddis-pupa pattern by New Jersey fly tier John Collins, and now he’s back with a larva imitation based on the same design. This is a great winter fly, although it will take trout all year long, as well.

In this great video by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, Tim walks you through the steps for creating this productive pattern. As usual, he’s got a few neat tricks up his sleeve to make the fly easier to tie. The way he secures the Antron yarn to help make a tapered underbody is cool, as is his his method for burning off the top hackle. As always, watch these videos in 4K for maximum effect.

          JC’s Electric Caddis Larva
          Hook: Scud hook (here, an Daiichi 1120), sizes 14-16.
          Thread: Fluorescent green, 8/0 or 70-denier.
          Tail: Fluorescent green Antron yarn.
          Body: Chartreuse Ultra Wire, size small, and Chartreuse Stretch
                    Tubing, size micro.
          Tail: Fluorescent green Antron yarn.
          Thorax/Legs: Brown ostrich herl.
          Thorax color: Brown permanent marker. 

          Adhesive: UV-cure resin.  
          Tools: Lighter, dental pick.

2 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie JC’s Electric Caddis Larva”

  1. Know John personally, and fishing these patterns on our beloved waters, I highly recommend these in your arsenal in your fly box, we are blessed to have streams that despite the mostarsenal reply box choice, when you’re fighting in your own backyard when you’re fighting for your densely populated state in the country. There are still many TroutStream that have an abundance of these larva,densely populated state in the country. There are still many TroutStream that have an abundance of these larva, and the mergers and driveway is the mergers and dry flies, another caddis larva is Bob Jacklins caddis larva, I am advid collector and study stream insects go small on these patterns and you will constantly have tightlines.

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