Whereas the best way to present a mayfly imitation is almost always a dead drift, trout are often willing to chase a caddisfly skittering across the surface. Some of us learned this by accidentally dangling an Elk-Hair Caddis in the current and getting an unexpected hit, but there are many caddisfly surface patterns designed to be fished with motion.
In this week’s video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions demonstrates the tying steps to create a cool October Caddis dry fly that will make a nice, fish-attracting vee wake when allowed to swing in the current or fished with short strips. Tim’s methods for handling the deer hair make things easier for the tier, and the finished product is plenty buggy, should float all day, and will be pretty easy to see on the water..
October Caddis Skater
Hook: Standard nymph hook (here, a Dai-Riki #730), size 14.
Thread: Burnt orange, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Wings/Tail: Dyed-orange deer body hair.
Abdomen: Burnt orange rabbit-fur dubbing.
Back: Orange craft foam, 2mm by 4mm.
Thorax: Burnt orange rabbit-fur dubbing.
Adhesive: Head cement.
9 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie the October Caddis Skater”
Giving these a try this weekend in Central NY. Nice job Tim!
Thanks Alan. We’re kind of waiting for the heat to break here in NJ and begging for some rain.
how do you tie a snail, those hard shells water creatures? or bug. I’m not sure what they called,
Hey Tim, as always, great video. Would possum dubbing work as well?
I think so George. I tend to go with possum for wet flies and nymphs and rabbit for anything dry. Just something I’ve always done and really don’t know why.
Always enjoy your videos, this fly looks awesome, tied a couple last night.
I think I’ll tie as few of these but may use a dark colored foam, like brown, grey, or even black.
Great video Tim!
Any suggestions on the best way to color up deer hair that has not been dyed? Would an orange sharpie over natural deer hair work in place of dyed hair?