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.