Designed to imitate the caddis larva, encased in its home made of river or lake-bed debris, this should be fished on the deck. This particular pattern incorporates crimped deer hair legs – a nice touch that gives it that extra bit of realism. Try this on the point position on a floating line; fish it either upstream and dead-drifted back with the current, or with other leaded patterns on a short line, Czech nymph style. Tie this using different amounts of lead, more for fast currents, less for slower ones.

Hook: Long shank, size 8 to 14
Underbody: Lead wire
Thread: Black
Body: Hare’s ear/deer hair mix
Thorax: Fine black dubbing
Legs: Black deer hair fibres

How to tie the fly

1. Slide a small, black tungsten bead up to the eye of the hook.

2. Make two layers of lead wire using touching turns to form an underbody.

3. Wind down over the lead, back up and down again, then add a couple of spots of superglue to secure the lead.

4. Mix your hare’s ear and deer hair in the palm of your hand.

5. Form a tight dubbing rope and wind up over the lead to create the body.

6. Tie in three to four black deer hair fibres on the underside of the hook (use figure-of-eight turns with the thread so it sits at 90 degrees to the hook shank).

7. Dub the thread using a very small pinch of dubbing to form a tight rope.

8. Form a tight thorax behind the legs, which will kick the legs forwards.

9. Carefully trim the legs short and use a finger and thumb to put kinks in them. Whip finish and cut the thread.

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