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This is the tutorial for the “Brick Back” October Caddis (Variant) that was designed by Skip Morris…one may also use black mono eyes for the head…I prefer the bead…the color for this pattern’s abdomen may be adapted to the naturals in other specific areas…there are five different species of October Caddis…this is one…

1. Place the bead on the hook…this is a TMC 2302, # 12, using a 7/64 black brass bead. Starting at the 1/3rd. point, wrap a thread base back into the bend of the hook. Lay down about 12-13 wraps of 0.20 lead or lead sub. wire and cover with thread wraps. Over the top of this wire, lay down about 9-10 wraps of 0.15 lead or lead sub. wire. Leave about 5-6 wraps of the bottom wire at the rear of the hook – exposed. Cover all of this with additional thread wraps (3/0 or 6/0 Brown thread…this is Uni). In some instances, I will then coat all of this with head cement…one may also run the base layer of wire all the way up to the bead if additional weight is desired.

THIS is the dubbing mix I used for the abdomen…

It was cut into small portions and mixed in this:

A couple of taps on the top suffice…I don’t like ripping everything to shreds with the blades…

2. Wax the thread ( I use Overton’s WONDER WAX) and spin on about 2- 2 1/2 inches of dubbing mix. Create a TIGHT, THICK ball of dubbing, with crisscrossed turns, at the rear of the hook by twisting the dubbing while holding it in thumb and forefinger …


3. Tie in a strand of brown Zelon. Bind the Zelon down with thread turns back into the dubbing ball…then half-hitch…

4. Dub about 7 inches of waxed with the dubbing mix and create a dubbing loop…(for larger hooks one might have to dub as much as 9-10 inches of thread)…twist the loop with a dubbing twister (this one is from Tiemco – I have others)…

5. Hold the Zelon strand up with he left hand ( if you are right-handed) and place one or two turns of the dubbing loop around the hook, this depends on the thickness of one’s loop…eyeball it and add as needed…pull the Zelon strand over the dubed section and down to the right, place a wrap over the strand… continue this procedure up the length of the hook until 5-6 sections are created…tie off and cut the Zelon then two half-hitches…cut the thread before the next step…

6. Take a bore brush, angle/ bolt cleaning brush or this gizmo I made from hook and loop and a popsicle stick and vigorously brush the dubbing material back, towards the rear of the hook…

7. I do this with almost ALL of my dubbed abdomen Caddis Pupae…HALO effect…

8. Snip the excess at the bend with sharp scissors…

9. Attach thread and tie in a looped strand of brown Zelon…make the single strands, on each side long-ish…cut loop and half-hitch…

10. Wet finger tips and pull both strands vertical…snip them at an angle…

11. Lookin’ good…

12. Tug the strands GENTLY, downward…

13. Gettin’ there…

14. Tie in a speckled hen neck feather ( this is amber/brown) about 2x larger than normal for the hook size…I do not strip one side of the feather and I tie it in by the base facing away…clip stem and half-hitch…

15. Before wrapping the hackle 1 1/2 turns…I bomb proof it again-with head cement on the thread wraps…

16. Sweep the hackle back, cover tip with wraps of thread and clip remaining feather stubs  hanging off the hackle pliers ... Dub the tying thread with Uv Ice Dub, Brown ( I LOVE THIS STUFF ) and wrap behind bead…place a drop of head cement on top of the bead and sweep the thread through it, as the whip finish is completed..snip the tying thread…I like these English Hackle pliers:


17.Take the completed fly and…

…fish it dead drift in here, or on the swing, working towards the bank where the naturals leave the water on shoreline rocks and become adults…MORE …HERE

BACK to BAETIS….


PT/TB

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This is one of the first flies that I tied stream side, back in 1975, at Valley Gardens, in the channels section of the Madison River, Montana.

Me and my “crew” (Michael and Ally) at Valley Gardens, MT…30 yrs. later…

I had seen it in Fly Fisherman Magazine and it was suggested that this pattern worked best in early Spring when rivers were “running high and cold”. I tied it in August…it worked real good. Today I have a much better idea of why this simple pattern is so effective. I attribute that to a much improved understanding of entomology, experience, the “halo effect” and air bubble retention of the Mink and Sable dubbing in the fly. Since those early experiments, I have taken just about every species of fish that swims in Western inland waters with this fly – Trout, Whitefish, Carp, Suckers, Pan Fish and Bass. I would offer this pattern, for tying, to any youngster or adult who wants to pursue the art of the vise…It is EASY and WILL put one into fish – immediately…

The “MINK THING” in an old Thompson vise attached to a campfire grate…1975, MT…

Ancient dubbing blender…add 75% Mink and 25% Sable…tap a couple of times…MINK come in a variety of colors. I have been collecting various shades of Mink and Sable for a very long time…it is the first thing I look for when I visit the fur section of any new Fly Shop. I tie this pattern in Tan, Brown, Rust, Grey (Dun), Olive and Black…Sable is a bit harder to find…the long spiky fibers in Sable fur add to the attraction of this pattern – to fish…

HOOK: TMC 3761 #12-#18, Daiichi 1560 # 12-#18

THREAD: Uni 6/0, 8/0, Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer Black…dependent on hook size

WEIGHT: Lead or Lead substitute ..010, .015, .020…dependent on hook size 8-10 wraps at thorax

Make dubbing loop at bend of hook, over barb…

Load dubbing into loop a, small section at a time ( I use saliva to wet the thread…mmmm -tasty) and twist…

Use a dubbing twister to lock the fibers to the thread…I run my thumb and forefinger up and down the loop to remove excess…grasp with hackle pliers and wrap over hook (away from tier)…place the wraps tightly together and over wrap if there is a gap

Add two half hitches, whip finish…use a stiff tooth brush, .22 cal rifle bore brush, or this little gadget (dubbing teaser) made from a popsicle stick and the hook section of VELCRO (hook and loop)…rotate the fly and brush back towards the bend around the entire fly…

Add head cement and put a needle in the hook eye until it dries…

DONE…now go catch some fishy things !!!…

Some “Mink Thing” water on the Madison, below Varney Bridge…

NEXT: More attractors, Spring Baetis/BWO’s and March Browns…

PT/TB

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