Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tying Ralph's Tactical Caddis

Ralph's Tactical Caddis

So I have this tin. Just a basic Altoids tin, with magnets Zap-A-Gap'd in place. It is my test bin, where new patterns go to live or die based on how they work. The past two seasons there has been one pattern that remained through all 4 seasons of fishing, catching fish Spring through Winter.

The Test Bin

The Tactical Caddis, or at least the remaining 3 of the 7 flies tied. 

After two trout seasons and 18 months in the tin, it will remain a keeper in my box. Give it a try on your home waters and by all means let me know how the pattern works for you.

RTC Recipe

Hook:  #14 Orvis Wide gape Tactical
Thread:  8/0 Black
Bead: Gold Tungsten
Weight:  .015 Lead wire
Rib:  Tan Micro-tubing
Abdomen: #11 Olive Hareline
Thorax:  Peacock / Black Ice-Dub
Hackle:  Furnace Hen hackle

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