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Sunday, March 16, 2014

YSF Black (Pheasant Tail) Caddis

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Brooks' "Black Crawler"
In memory: "Larger Trout for the Western Fly Fisherman" by Charles E. Brooks (1921-1986) copyright 1970. You will see a lot of similarity between YellowStoneFly's YSF Black Caddis and the "Black Crawler" designed by Mr. Brooks. I am also of the opinion, as was Mr. Brooks, that as live bugs float through the water, they are not seen rotating by fish. Therefore, if the fly looks the same at all angles, the looks is more natural to them. I am therefore tying my nymphs where they look the same from all angles.

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1-Dyed black pheasant tail
and gun metal blue wire.
#12-#18 hook.
The black caddis is a common bug in western streams and the nymph is a very prevalent food source. Therefore, when faced with a hatch of this insect, this YSF derivation stands to be a very effective pattern. It is fairly easy to pattern to tie, but I do suggest a very light hackle.

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2-Wrap pheasant tail to center and
over wrap with wire.

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3-Add more pheasant tail (butt end
first) to center portion.

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4-Wrap forward and tie off
behind eye.

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5-Add sparse black hackle
and wrap ONCE.
CLICK ON ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE. Come and enjoy Idaho fly fishing this season. Lighter than average snowfall, unless we get a lot of spring rain, should lend to a longer, drier and lower water than normal this season. This means the dries should do quite well.
6-Whip finish head and tie off.
Head cement if desired.
Hard takes, tight lines and bring out all those flies you have been tying this winter.

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