Dancing Caddis
Dancing Caddis

 

The origins of this inverted tie are often laid to the late Gary LaFontaine. I recall this pattern originally having the unique bent shank/near the eye hook (European design, I imagine). This fly sets flush in the film and has the bottom portion of the wrapped hackle cut flush to better facilitate the floating flush position. The hook should be a light wire, wider gaped hook to facilitate the hookup. The body is dubbed with super fine type dubbing and I have seen it ribbed with a strand of krystal flash, but have found it to be too fragile if not also wrapped with very light wire, which adds weight. The deer hair wing should be just pronounced enough to form the classic tent shape. A size 10-16 (depending upon Caddis) works. A wrap or two of peacock or darker dubbing for the thorax. Keep it simple and light. Bigger sizes could be skittered across the surface ala Traveling Sedge for stillwaters.  An additional lifelike material to wrap around the thorax area is CDC. There are several Caddis patterns out there with CDC sparsely wrapped.  

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