Bird of prey caddis

Bird of prey caddis

This is a pattern that I’ve grown to love. It was developed by John Anderson (no relation to Bill-as far as I know). It fishes very well in the area, including the J. The video is produced by Tim Cammisa. He produces excellent tying videos. I enjoy watching and he produces some professional looking videos. His library can be found on youtube by clicking his name above.

Like most fly tyers, I (jcr) have my own style and variations on this pattern that is described below. This is not a critique of Tim’s fly or methods. My method of tying is very similar and I could never produce videos of equal quality. I prefer the following modifications, however.

  1. I use gold (or green in some cases) ultra wire instead of the flash for ribbing, especially for the olive pattern. I have found that the flash is easily broken by the hard takes of aggressive trout.
  2. I extend the partridge tail down the hook bend a little more.
  3. As Tim mentions, he prefers a sparser hackle, I a heavier hackle. These are meant to be fished in fast, deep runs and the soft hackle fibers are lost. Furthermore, I tend to tie my hackles heavier and trim them appropriately on the stream based on water conditions. Deeper, colored water or fished at dusk=more; skinny, clear water=less.
  4. I would use three peacock fibers on the size of fly shown in the video to produce a larger head that is a bit larger than the bead. I add a drop of cement after tying in the hackle, but before wrapping the peacock to add durability to the hackle and head.

My materials:

Hook: TMC2487 sz14-18

Thread: UTC 70 olive

Bead: Tungsten  gold  2.0 mm , 1.5mm sz18

Rib: gold ultra wire. BR (sz14); SM (sz16 and 18)

Dubbing: Haretron rabbit HT6

Underwing (Optional): 6-8 strands of olive antron (sz14 and 16), body length

Hackle: dark partridge or brown hen back (speckled, light shade)

Head: three strands of peacock. Match thickness/density to the size of fly.

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  size 14 partridge
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sz16 hen back
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4 examples
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materials. Olive antron, brown speckled hen, olive haretron HT6

 

 

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  1. Tim Cammisa is – long time LJRA life member and Greenhills dennison John Dunn’s disciple. John, like many other birds, spends the winter in Florida. He returns in time for “j” hatches.

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