Trucos de montaje

Elk Hair Caddis, Palmer-Hackled
By A.K. Best

Palmering an elk hair caddis is somewhat simpler than Palmering a Bivisible in that the hackle is open spiral-wrapped over a dubbed body. Many tyers will apply all the dubbing to the thread, make one turn of dubbing, lay in the hackle tip, and continue dubbing the body - then wrap the hackle. That's the quick way to do it, but I don't think it's a very durable fly when finished, as the hackle tip is only held to the hook shank with a couple of turns of spongy dubbing.

A few tyers I know will tie in the hackle tip first, dub the body, and then wrap the hackle. This, too, is not as good because the first turn of hackle has no protection from trout teeth, and tied-down hackle fibers are almost always visible.

Another highly popular method is to tie in a length of fine copper or gold wire, dub the body, and then tie in the hackle by its butt at the shoulder of the fly. The hackle is then wound toward the rear of the body, followed by spiral wrapping the wire over the hackle tip toward the hook eye. I find this to be a time-consuming and unnecessary technique.

I prefer to apply just enough dubbing to make one complete turn of body butt as the first step. Then I stroke the hackle fibers near the tip and tie in the feather...Next, I finish dubbing a soft body, and then wrap the hackle using as much tension as the hackle stem will allow, making one complete turn before beginning to sprial-wrap the hackle forward. The extra tension will bury the hackle quill into the soft dubbing, which will protect it from trout teeth. The following photos depict what I believe is the best way to tie a durable Palmered-hackle caddis body. ~ AK

Ball of dubbing

Hackle tied in

Body dubbed

First turn of hackle

Finished Palmer-hackled fly

Credits: This tying tip is from Production Fly Flying, Second Edition by A.K. Best, published by Pruett Publishing Company, Boulder, Colorado. We appreciate use permission.

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