Posted on January 01 2015
Fly of the MonthThis month's fly is the Peacock Caddis.Ifirst saw this pattern in a book by Al and Gretchen Beatty called Rotary Fly Tying Techniques. Al told a great fishing story about the fly’s success that hooked me into trying it. I tied some and used them with sports soon after. One morning I took a couple beginners to the hydro pool on the Magalloway. After a slow start, I decided to try the new caddis pattern. When the fly hit the water, a large salmon rocketed up from the bottom, hitting the fly and breaking it off as the fisherman responded with an overly enthusiastic hook set. That evening I had another sport in the same pool. He was fishing nymphs and hooked a nice salmon that jumped around and finally came to the net. When I went to remove the nymph from his mouth, there in his lip was my peacock caddis that was lost earlier in the day.
Hook - dry fly 12 – 18
thread - fluorescent yellow or fl. Lime
tag - fluorescent yellow or fl. lime thread tyed half way down bend
body - peacock herl
hackle - grizzly, palmered
wing - bleached deer or elk