Lockdown Day 13

Corona lockdown day 13

Day thirteen of our lock down fly tying series, the idea was to assist me, and perhaps you, in not going totally stir crazy, I am not so sure at this point it is helping. All those on line video clips of trout rising to dry flies are making me hanker all the more to be able to roam a stream again. I am finding that tying flies without realistic expectation of being able to fish them is tough going. Much easier to press on when there is a trip planned or a season opening.

Mind you this virus outbreak already means that some 80,000 people have wet a line for the last time ever, a pretty strong reminder that sitting at home and tying flies isn’t the worst thing in the world. So stay home, stay safe and fill up those boxes.

Today a look at an effective and slightly different caddis fly pattern. I am sure that for most of us use variations of the Elk Hair Caddis , the “CDC and Elk” version being a firm favourite. But in smaller sizes some variations can be helpful and this particular wing slip parachute caddis, “The Guinea Caddis”is a nice one to tie up. It can equally be adapted to cover a lot of different caddis flies.

One of the crucial thing about Caddis Flies, for both trout and angler is that they live longer than mayflies, they have the ability to drink water and possibly nectar and can be found loitering about on the rocks for days at a time. The fish know about them and will take them well beyond the period of the actual hatch.

Of course you can use any feather slip to make up the tent shaped wings, for me Guinea Fowl is easily obtainable, cheap and a fair copy of most of the caddisflies we get on our streams which tend towards a dark gray to black colour.

Because the pattern is a little different I have included the detailed written instructions from my book “Guide Flies” as well as the standard graphics and video.

This particular post is a little more brief than some, I am one of those few who apparently after buying paint and bread flour have actually painted something (or am in the middle of doing so) and am baking some bread too, so other chores beckon.  I hope you have some fun playing with this pattern and perhaps some variations.

Refer to (FIG #16) The starting point is exactly the same as for the BSP, the post is affixed and the hackle tied in as previously described. #1 – #6

From here refer (FIG #17)

#7 & #8: As per the BSP..

#9: The body is simple dubbing tied in short, (caddis flies generally have wings longer than their bodies), and of course there are no tails. #10: The wing is prepared from a slip of feather, the feather coated first with head cement, Sally Hansen’s Nail Varnish or similar. Once dried it affords additional durability to the wing.

#11: Cut out a slip of feather twice as wide as you want for the height of the wing.

#12: Fold the feather slip in half long-ways as shown. Then cut the end off at an angle, this will create a “V” shaped cut in the wing which will both allow easier positioning on the hook and additional durability when it is tied down.

#13: Place the wing on top of the hook shank, setting the “V” on either side of the wing post. This will sit it perfectly in the middle of the hook.

From here on refer to (FIG #18)

#14: Tie down the wing behind the post with two tight wraps of thread. 48

#15: Then make an additional wrap in front of the post catching in the sides of the “V”, and trim the excess.

#16: Dub a small amount of Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing around the front and back of the post to form a neat thorax. Taking the dubbing up to the eye and back to the base of the post, as for the BSP, this covers any unsightly thread wraps at the base of the post.

#17: Make one all important wrap of thread around the post to change the direction of rotation, tip the fly in the vice and wrap the hackle downwards as with previous parachute patterns. #19: Finish off the hackle in the same way as previously with a “superglue whip finish”..

This post and the fly described comes from my book “Guide Flies” if you would like to purchase a downloadable copy of it or my other book “Essential Fly Tying Techniques” you will find both links and discount codes below. The discount code will let you purchase the book at a 50% discount during lock down.

Discount code Essential Fly Tying Techniques: DR62J Code will expire 17 April 2020

Discount code Guide Flies : SB94S Code will expire 17 April 2020

Thanks for reading, stay safe out there.

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2 Responses to “Lockdown Day 13”

  1. Paul Kenyon Says:

    Thanks for that one Tim. V.nice tip about cutting the guinea fowl wing. Now I know what to do with all those guinea fowl feathers littering the ground by the Upper Yealm.

  2. paracaddis Says:

    Ha Ha Paul, i am sure that you can find a suitable substitute, cormorant would be good don’t you think?

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