Elk hair caddis fly
The elk hair caddis is a standard fly in almost everyone’s fly box. A good all around small fly to have. Caddis are plentiful on almost every stream and river in the US. Its a good Idea to carry many of these in several different colors, since they can be found in nearly every imaginable color.
Green Elk hair caddis fly. This is a very common color of caddis. If I had to choose only one color of caddis fly to have in my box I think it would be this color configuration. You could likely turn over a rock in nearly every trout stream in the US and find green caddis fly larva among them.
Tying the Elk Hair Caddis
You will only need a few materials to tie this versatile trout fly pattern
- Elk Hair
- Some sort of dry fly dubbing
- Various colored hackle to palmer the body with
The elk hair caddis is a very easy fly to tie.
- Attach the hackle first to the rear of the hook
- Apply your dubbing color of choice
- Palmer your hackle from the rear of the fly towards the front and tie it off
- The final step of the elk hair caddis is to put on the elk hair, this can be easily achieved with a few wraps of thread around the head of the fly.
- Finally trim the elk hair with a little extra hanging over the head.
If you were wondering how this trout fly came to be, you can read the history of the elk hair caddis fly here.