Created by Umpqua Feather Merchants, this Elk Hair Caddis variant is one of the larger caddis fly imitations, tied with a black tail and typically in brighter colors (yellow or orange).
Hook: #6-12 dry fly
Thread: Yellow, or to match the body
Tail: Moose body hair
Body: Yellow wool yarn (or to match any caddis)
Hackle: Brown dry fly, palmered
Wing: Deer hair
This pattern can be found in:
Randle Scott Stetzer’s “Flies, the Best One Thousand,” 1992, amzn.to/34Q15mp
*** Some of the other popular books used here: ***
Dave Hughes, “Essential Trout Flies,” 2017, amzn.to/3lbCZYX
David Klausmeyer’s “Favorite Flies,” 2020, amzn.to/3oeSNMa
Fly Pattern Encyclopedia: amzn.to/34U0rUe
Mike Valla’s “Tying the Founding Flies,” 2015, amzn.to/354oSir
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