Another winner from Craig Matthews and Blue Ribbon Flies. The tier is David Sloan, a guide from California.The under wing is Flex Wing from Montana Fly Co. The body is Larva Lace or Stalcups’ Tubing or D Rib. The head appears to be a wrapped foam strip (Razor or Evazote -around hackle) with a short tag…I would add some holographic tinsel (green) at the bend ,under the tubing, in the tradition of John Barr’s Graphic Caddis to represent an egg sac…remembering that 99% of Caddis found in or on the surface film will be females depositing their eggs and a good number of species dive, or crawl, under the surface to accomplish this final task…
Tie the Outrigger Caddis with olive thread on a No. 14 dry-fly hook.
Build the body with tan or olive Larva Lace or D-Rib. For the wings, tie in Flex Wing, then tie in a spray of elk hair.
For the head, use a synthetic olive dubbing wrapped over a foam strip. Tie a wingpost, then gather the hackle to the sides and wrap with a figure-eight and finish by tying back the foam strip over the wing. (6.24.2011)
Perfect for Fishing Yellowstone Country
During the late summer and early fall, we see more than our fair share of caddis hatches. “Gracious plenty” is how Jen would describe the abundance of caddis in our neck of the woods, with prolific hatches on most area waters for the next couple months. And how best to imitate them but with a sturdy, stable, tan adult pattern? But what’s the big idea of having an “outrigger” design?
An outrigger design has added stability to large canoes and sailboats for ages. This is exactly what a clever California-based fly tyer and fly fisherman named Dave Sloan set out to accomplish the same stability when he needed a new caddis pattern to present to trout in high energy water. Tied with lots of stiff, horizontally protruding fibers, Sloan’s pattern borrows the structural design of outrigger canoes, yielding a caddis imitation that lands upright, floats higher, and remains visible in rough but productive runs.
Sloan’s Outrigger Caddis Tan Caddis is an excellent imitation of an adult tan caddis. Use this fly in fast, well oxygenated water above rocky river bottoms. It can also be effectively fished in medium to slow water with a delicate presentation, longer leaders, and a quiet stalking approach.