Peacock Caddis Fly Pattern and Uses
The name of this fly is clearly from the use of peacock herl as the body, but this fly can strut and cause quite a stir on most summer days on just about any trout stream. Pumping the stomach of a trout on a hot sunny August day will likely turn up a variety of insects, but in many areas you will probably find horse or deer flies! These flies are a great food for trout and I assure you they eat them heavily. Just yesterday I was on the river and slapped a pesky deer fly off my hand and threw it into the water, not 2 seconds later it was crushed by a small trout.
The peacock caddis can obviously do a great job of mimicking a caddisfly as well. This fly pattern in general just plain looks like an insect so much that I am surprised a real fly didn’t pop out of the forest and attempt to breed it as I took the above picture.
Tying the Peacock Caddis
This fly is about as easy as they come to tie and likely every beginners fly tying kit on the market will contain the materials to make it.
- Peacock herl
- Brown hackle
- Deer hair
- Hook size/brand of choice (size 12-14 would work good for starters)
- Wrap the hook from back to front with peacock herl
- lay the deer hair wings across the back and tie in
- Finish by wrapping the front with brown or even grey hackle.