Our Man From Canada


David Kratville - February 21, 2011

This is a pattern I came up with for Little Yellow Sallies, small terrestrial and big Caddis. This is more of a slow water pattern; not as buoyant as the flies with more foam but a more realistic profile.

http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6926.jpg 1. Start with a long shank hook. This is actually a 3761 nymph hook, a thinner wire hook would be better but this is all I had on hand.


http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6927.jpg 2. Tie in a thin piece of razor foam; this is the thinner of the two sizes that come in the package.


http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6928.jpg 3. Wrap the foam forward forming a segmented body. By varying the pressure you can change the thickness and get the foam to taper


http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6930.jpg4. Tie in some flash for a wing


http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6933.jpg 5. And some bleached deer hair like a large Elk Hair caddis, let the butts form the head and wrap a longer section down for the hackle area.


http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6934.jpg6. Add the hackle and you’re all done.


http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6936.jpg7. As usual the only view that matters:


http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6940.jpg8. Here is a technique I do for a more segmented body without having to add more material. Take a sharpie and color just the edge of your foam strip (I love tying with foam!)


http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6942.jpg9. Tie in the foam with the colored side down


http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6943.jpg 10. Wrap like before


http://i1187.photobucket.com/albums/z388/davkrat/Fly%20Fishing/Flies-6945.jpg 11. You can see this really accentuates the segments. This would make a nice body for a terrestrial Bee of Yellow Jacket


David Kratville
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