Elk Hair Caddis (Lite)
This version of the Elk Hair Caddis (EHC) has been with me for over 25yrs. Early on it was suggested to me that the Wire rib/Tinsel on the EHC was not necessary, but to try it and find out for myself. After a few trips it was determined the advice was right, and I began tying the pattern as such. It's an excellent low-water patter, yet still rides high enough to skitter or fish faster waters. Give it a try. You may find as I did that a slight break in tradition can deliver a lifelong pattern.
The EHC (Lite) Recipe
Hook: Standard Dry #8-18
Thread: 8/0 Dark Brown Uni-thread
Abdomen: Ginger Hare-line Rabbit
Hackle: Light Furnace or Brown (One Size Smaller)
Wing: Ginger Elk