The 1977 book The Caddis and the Angler, by Larry Solomon and Eric Leiser, was ground-breaking for its discussion of the biology and behavior of these important insects, as well for its many effective caddisfly patterns. In the latest video from Tightline Productions, shot in glorious 4K resolution, author and blogger Matt Grobert ties one of Solomon’s best-loved patterns, the Hairwing Caddis. This high-floating, buggy imitation can be tied in any colors you like to match the naturals on your home water.
Solomon Hairwing Caddis
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here, a TMC100), sizes 14-18.
Thread: Pale yellow, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Body: Ginger rabbit-fur dubbing.
Wings: Natural coastal-deer hair, cleaned and stacked.
Hackle: Golden straw.
Head: Tying thread.