A Forgiving Fishing Friend

Elk_Hair_CaddisGuest Blogger: Mike Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing
Over the years I’ve made a lot of mistakes on the stream–missed strikes, poor leader or tippet choices, stepping without looking…saw one fly box try to make a downstream bid for freedom….

So it’s no wonder that I might hold a soft spot in my heart for one particular fly that has been very forgiving.  It’s a dry, and the first one I tend to think of when I consider fishing on top.  No, it’s not of the classic British Isles mayfly fascination, nor is it fair and refined, nor does it carry a blue-blooded Catskill-esque name.  I’m talking about the rugged little dry fly born of the North Woods, the dry fly for the Common man.

It’s the Elk Hair Caddis. Here are four good reasons why I call it “forgiving”:

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