This months fly is the Elk Hair Caddis.
Probably one of the most popular caddis patterns ever tied and used. Created in 1957 by Al Troth from Pennsylvania, USA. The Elk Hair Caddis is relatively easy to tie and should be in every fly anglers fly box. Although tied as a Caddis imitation it can be used in a suitable colour and size to present at just about any fish that is taking dry flies of the surface. A high riding fly that floats very well and is easy to see. One of the deadliest flies in my fly collection, I would never be caught out on the water without at least 2 in my box.
Hook – TMC 100
Wing – Bleached or natural Elk hair
Body – fine dubbing in suitable colour (green, grey, brown etc.)
Ribbing – very fine copper wire
Hackle – Light brown
This can be tied from size 10 to 18. My preferred sizes for our local waters are 12 – 16.
Happy Tying, and have a great New Year!!!!
The High Country Crew.
Hi There folks! Well haven’t we had a mixed bag of condition over the past month!! From Blistering hot days right through to sleet and freezing temperatures up on the higher slopes. But that hasn’t seem to have to had too much negative affect on the fishing.
Both lakes and rivers are fishing very well and there has been a hive of insect activity with Beetles, Mayflies, Caddis, Damsels and Dragonflies just to name a few. If your venturing out to the lake keep a close eye on the edges, especially around the weed beds as the fish are still patrolling around in close. During the sunnier days the Damsel flies have been out in numbers, and the fish have been feeding rigorously on both the nymphs and adult Damsels (although most of the activity is below the surface). The afternoon and evenings have seen a lot of beetle activity with the fish feeding on them right through to dark. Daytime fishing during the overcast days has been a “little hit or miss” as some days there have been some great Mayfly hatches and other days not much activity at all? Prospecting the water with a Wooly Bugger or other streamer pattern during these times should produce some results, Just remember to work the water efficiently and keep moving if you’re not getting any results.
If you’re heading out on one of the many rivers and streams in the area, there is plenty of dry fly action to be had. Mayflies, Caddisflies, and Beetles are the order of the day. Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams, smaller Stimulators, and Beetle patterns like Red Tags, Humpies, and Great Lakes Beetles should do the trick. On full sun days, Fishing the earlier and later parts of the day are going to be more productive, and working the edges of the banks with your fly will get better results.
The fishing right now is fantastic! So come on down to the Snowy Mountains for a visit and get into the action!!!
If you’re looking for that last minute gift idea we have plenty of goodies to fill those Santa stockings!! We also have a great range of Demo Rods and lines that you can try before you buy from TFO, Loop, Airflo, Rio, and Scientific Anglers just to name a few. As well as one of the biggest freshwater fly selections anywhere in Australia!!!
Happy holidays and Happy fishing,
The High Country Outfitters Crew.
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