FOM October 2020 Caddis 2

Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer, Justin Aldrich, Habersham County, Georgia. Justin can be found on Instagram.

This pattern has a great mix of both natural and attractor characteristics. The D-Rib gives off a fantastic natural look with it being transparent and the color choice is a bright attractor Orange but the dark Brown thread underbody tones it down a notch while adding depth.

The Orange and Brown spikey dub adds more life to the pattern while the longer Orange strands of dubbing has that eye catching triggering effect.

Obviously the mottled Brown Partridge is a killer buggy addition that screams movement. To finish the pattern I use a dub noodle to help protect the Partridge hackle from the occasional trout tooth nipping it off.

This pattern is also extremely versatile in mimicking many different species upon changing the color schemes and sizes. Greens, Browns, Tans, and Blacks etc, will mimic all three top Caddis, Stonefly, and Mayfly species depending on sizes.

Have fun tying some up and be safe on the water.

– Materials  –

•Hook: Barbless Grub, straight eye. Sz. #14 – #8.
•Bead: Tungsten 3.5mm – 4.6mm Countersunk.
•Additional Weight: .020 Lead Free wire.
•Thread: Dark Brown, 8/0.
•Collar: Brown SLF dubbing.
•Hackle: Brown Partridge.
•Thorax: Fluorescent Orange Angora Goat and Brown SLF dubbing.
•Body: Medium size Orange D-Rib.
•Cement: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails.

– Tying Recipe  –

•With the bead threaded and hook seated in the vise make a few wraps with the lead free wire and snug it firmly against the bead. Start your thread just behind the wire and secure wire in place by wrapping over it a few times.
•Catch in the D-Rib just behind the lead wraps.  While stretching it a bit, secure it down well into the bend of the hook with tight thread turns.
•Now build a slight tapered underbody with the thread stopping just on top of the lead free wire. (Caddis typically don’t have such a sharp tapered body like Mayfly and Stones, so no need to go crazy on tapering.)
•Bring up the D-Rib in touching turn wraps and secure down on top of the lead free wire.
**(Your gonna be tying on top of the D-Rib some )
•Next make a blend of the Angora Goat and SLF dubbing. About a 50/50 mixture is fine.
•Now make a dub noodle with the mixture and dub the first part of the Thorax about a few millimeters behind the bead. Make sure to make it big enough to spike it out some.
•Select a Brown Partridge feather for the hackle. Don’t be afraid to oversize it. Grab it by the tip and preen the fibers back to snip away the tip for tying in.
•Tie in the Partridge feather by the tip, concave side down, just in front of the dubbing. Use your favorite hackle pliers to hackle the Partridge then tie down securely with a few tight thread wraps. Snip off butt ends.
•After the Partridge is secured in, all that needs done is a tight dubbing noodle of SLF dubbing and a few turn whip finish. I like to whip finish the dubbing in front of the hackle to help hide the thread wraps but that’s purely a cosmetic application.
•Finally add your favorite thin head cement/varnish and allow to dry. DONE.

*Tip/Suggestion: If you don’t have any appropriate sized hackle, just use a dubbing loop or split thread for hackle fibers. This Caddis looks fantastic “messy” so lined up fiber tips aren’t the most important thing in the world.


    1. Hey Bob, it’s done above and beyond in testing. The real test comes in Fall, but it’s already done great in those colors. My two next favorite colors for it are, Caddis Green and Black.

  1. OK, your fly goes into my tying queue. I may have to substitute some of the materials, e. g., dubbing, if I lack the exact material in your recipe. Appreciate your sharing of this fly..

  2. Great-looking fly Justin. I have some micro-thin hollow “rubber hose” kind of material in about that orange-brown color. It’s stretchy and can be wound onto a hook to make a segmented body. I assume that’d suffice in place of the D-rib? I’ve used it in olive green to make cased-caddis worm bodies for summer.

    – Mike

    1. That micro tube substitution will work fine. You can always use a thread body with wire rib and a thick application of varnish. Enjoy tying.

      1. Thanks Justin…thick varnish (maybe with some kind of light wood-colored tint to it) is an excellent idea I haven’t tried up to now…it would make a lot of fly bodies, and wing cases too, look good.

        Two more questions, if I may:

        1. Do you really tie this one up as big as #8? I rarely fish nymphs that big, but maybe I should. I’m guessing sizes like that would work better late in the year?

        2. Ever fish this one like a wet fly, with retrieves at the end of a swing? Especially as large as #8 it would almost be like fishing a very small streamer. Other soft hackles work well this way, but it may depend on what it’s mimicking. Curious if you have had any luck that way with this one.

        – Mike

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