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Henry's Lake Caddis
By Jim Schollmeyer & Ted Leeson

Marvin Nolte notes that this pattern is based on a method of binding the hackle at the rear of the fly that comes from an old French mayfly pattern, the Andelle.

Materials for the Henry's Lake Caddis

    Originator: Marvin Nolte.

    Hook: TMC 200R, or other 2-4XL curved or straight-shank hook, #8.

    Thread: Light brown 6/0.

    Body: Tan SLF dubbing.

    Sheath: Woodduck flank.

    Hackle: Partridge.

    Head: Dark brown SLF dubbing.

Instructions for the Henry's Lake Caddis:

1. Mount the thread at the rear of the hook, leaving a 6" tag of thread untrimmed. Use the direct dubbing method to dub a body over the rear 4/5 of the hook shank.

2. Choose a woodduck flank feather with barbs about 1 1/2 shank-lengths long. Prepare and mount the feather as shown in tip-mounted hackle.

3. Take 3 or 4 turns of the feather and tie it off as explained in wrapping wet-fly hackle.

4. Preen the feather barbs rearward so that they hug the body tightly, and pinch them beyond the hook bend. Then push the barbs forward so that they balloon out evenly around the body, as shown. Using the 6" tag of thread, secure the barbs directly behind the body; tie off the thread with two half-hitches, and clip the excess.

5. Prepare and mount the partridge feather as shown in tip-mounted hackle.

6. Take 2-3 turns of the partridge feather and tie it off as shown in wrapping wet-fly hackle. Preen the partridge barbs rearward, and dub the head of the fly, taking a few wraps over the base of the barbs to slant them toward the hook bend. Whip finish the fly; apply head cement to the tie-off wraps at both ends of the fly.


~ Jim and Ted

This fly is from the terrific new book, Tying Emergers by Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Leeson, published by Frank Amato Publications.


For more great flies, check out: Beginning Fly Tying, Intermediate Fly Tying and Advanced Fly Tying.


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