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Sparkle Wing Caddis
By AK Best

I'm constantly looking for ways to improve the effectiveness of my favorite patterns. Some days I seem to spend more time watching insects and the trout that feed on them than I do fishing. I occassionally discover something I didn't know, such as a little sparkle in the wings of most airborne caddisflies, especially during sunset hours, when most caddis hatches I have observed seem to occur.

The addition of a sparse underwing of light dun mink tail guard hair on your fluttering caddis will make a very effective fly. The key word here is sparse, for both the mink tail guard hair and the elk or deer-hair overwing. Caddisfly wings are translucent to some degree at rest, and especially so when they're fluttering in an attempt to get airborne. A good way to determine if you have the correct amount of winging material on your caddisfly is to look at it from the top. If you can see the body of the fly through the wing, you've got it right. Most hairwing caddis patterns are tied with enough hair in the wing to tie two or three flies. A sparse mink tail guard hair underwing and the sparkle it adds makes this pattern much better than the original. ~ A. K. Best

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