Posts Tagged ‘Tan Caddis Cripple’

Putting this Caddis pattern together today…some additional tweaking and it will be done…

New Gamakatsu hooks, Tan SLF Prism, Light Dun Snow Shoe rabbit’s foot, root beer krystal flash.gold holo tinsel,tan micro tubing, Coastal deer hair, Gordon Griffiths 14/0 sheer, white and tan…


Lemme’ see here…hmmmm…I went with scraggly

HOOK: Gamakatsu C-16B. #16-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer Tan and White

ABDOMEN: Gordon Griffiths 14/0, Sheer White, ( built with a pronounced “hump” at the bend)

TAG: Holo Tinsel, Gold

OVER ABDOMEN: Stalcup’s Micro Midge Tubing, Tan, Grey, Olive Chart. or Brown

THORAX: SLF Prism, Tan, Lt. Grey, Brown/Olive, Olive, Peacock or Chocolate Brown

OUTRIGGERS: Thin strands of Snowshoe Rabbit’s Foot, Light Dun, Medium Dun or Dark Dun

UNDER WING: Three strands of Krystal Flash, Root beer, UV Tan, Olive, Rust, Pearl or UV Gray

WING: Coastal Deer Hair, Tan, Natural or Darker Mottled Shades, tied “bullet “style

This Caddis Cripple/Emerger was meant to be messy. I wanted the abdomen to hang lower in the water. The abdomen is a proven design off John Barr’s Graphic Caddis. The Snowshoe Rabbit outriggers are for additional support and motion. I went with the full length of the fibers rather than clipping them. The KF under wing is for sparkle I really like SLF Prism for it’s translucent quality and sparkle…


Here are some places I would employ this pattern:

Right along the far bank about 6 inches out from those two big boulders on the Stillwater River, MT. That second boulder has a deep depression running parallel to it…big fish in there…

ANYWHERE…North or South of here, starting about 7:30 PM…

Again, uptight along the bank on the East Walker River, CA (especially under overhanging willows) when the sun has disappeared behind the hill… till dark. VERY BIG BROWNS move into this water from deeper and faster currents where they have been lurking most of the day…This is true of most waters that get pounded…Michael is kicking one in the tail right now…

Along the banks and over slots…it is surprising how many big Trout hold in very shallow water that is either stepped in or overlooked…

I subscribe to the DEAN ENDRESS philosophy of Fly Tying…”Make the SUCKA’ look alive and struggling”…. and when examining a capture for sizing, turn the bug over and go by the size of the abdomen. If, ‘ya go by the wings, a fly one size larger than the natural will end up on the tippet…

Ally testing the consistency and durability of a new dubbing material on the 4th. of July…2010

CASTERS FLY SHOP…added, 14 July, 2011…DESIGNED and tied by Luke Fastabend…Hmmmmm


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I say retro because it takes me back to the old “Lord’s of the Fly” Fly Shop that was located on Wilshire Blvd. in West LA, back in the early 1980’s, and was run by a pair of brothers, one of whom, now manages the Orvis Shop in Pasadena,CA. This Caddis Fly pattern, which I discovered there, has accounted for many selective fish on still and moving waters for me – throughout the West. I have taken many Trout on this pattern on the Madison River and Stillwater River in Montana in the evenings.


This place…

First some photos, then the recipe…

Tan Crippled Caddis

Chartreuse Crippled Caddis

Olive Crippled Caddis

Olive Crippled Caddis (top view)


HOOK: TMC 100, Daiichi 1100, #14-#18

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer, Black, Olive or Tan

TAIL/SHUCK: Marabou (appropriate color) or CLEAR Antron

ABDOMEN: Fly-Rite, extra fine Poly Dubbing

#16 BCS 21 Chartreuse

#3 BCS 30 Olive

#19 BCS 91/95 Tan

RIB:  (Optional) Largutan fine gold

UNDERWING: (Optional) 3 strands of pearl Midge Flash, cut short

OUTRIGGER WINGS: Grizzly Tips or Web Wing (appropriate shade) cut to shape

WING: Coastal Deer Hair / Dark Tips

HEAD: Deer Hair, compacted and clipped to bullet shape

This new hook from TMC ( TMC 212Y ) might be an interesting add to this pattern:


Specifically designed for very selective trout like Japanese Yamame. (‘Y’ in the model name stands for Yamame as well as on TMC102Y.) The latest curved shank hook with a very wide gape for dry flies hanging on the surface. Good for floating nymphs, emergers and hanging parachutes.
Dry Fly, D/E, 4XS, 5XW, Forged, Black Nickel.
Size: #11-23

I fish this pattern dead drift and twitched or swung and twitched with the rod tip. Up at elevation, on Little Virginia Lake, this fly kills in the evening when shadow hits the lake’s surface…

Hmmmm…Michael might be getting ready for the MOTHER’S DAY HATCH…

Thanks for the new HEADER PHOTO son!!!

I will be doing an SBS on this pattern which will appear on another BLOG…the link information may be found HERE: 5.26.2013



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