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The Hackle Wing Caddis Fishing Fly

The Hackle Wing Caddisl Fishing Fly

Ingredients for the Hackle Wing caddis:
  • Mustad Dry Fly hook size 10 - 16
  • Light Olive dubbing
  • Brown Antron dubbing
  • Coq de leon hackle
  • Brown saddle hackle
  • 6/0 brown thread
Tie on the thread.

Tie on your thread and run it to the bend of the hook. Dub on a small amount of olive dubbing, and wrap it onto the hook. Next apply your brown dubbing, and wrap it 4/5 of the way up the hook. Add a half hitch to secure the fly.

Adding the hackle wings

Select 2 similar sized hackles from opposite sides of a dry fly cape. It is not necessary to use Coq de Leon, but it has nice coloration for this fly wing. Measure the wings to protrude just beyond the butt of the fly. Strip off the fibers up to this point, and do not trim off the quills.

Tie in the hackle wings

Tie in your wings. Since you have selected them from opposite sides of a cape, they should also have different natural curvatures. Tie in the hackles so that the wings are contoured with the body. Leave the ends of the hackles intact. These will become the antenee.

Wrap the hackle

Tie in your brown saddle hackle. Add some more brown dubbing to the head of the fly.

Finish the fly

Wrap the brown saddle hackle forward about 3 or 4 wraps and tie it off. Add a whip finish to the hackle wing caddis, and add a dab of cement to the fly head. Trim off any stray hackle fibers.