Elk Hair Caddis Trout Fly - Black
The Elk Hair Caddis trout fly was designed in 1950 by Al Troth, a fly
tier from Pennsylvania. Al designed the fly to imitate adult caddis
mainly be copying the shape and configuration of the down wing
caddis. He used a wing profile and body style that mimics a whole
range of small to large size caddisflies rather than a particular
species of caddisfly. Mr.Troth later moved to Montana where he was
written up by many fly fishing magazines to become a famous fly tyer
and trout fishing guide. His Elk Hair Caddis Dry flies soon became
very popular for imitating caddisflies, which up until that time had
been given little attention.
The fly spread in popularity and is now used worldwide. There are
several species of caddisflies that are a black or very dark color. The
versatility of the Elk Hair Caddis is a big part of its success. It can be
fished dead-drifted over a rising trout eating adult caddisflies, but it
can also be skated and twitched in such a manner as to get the
trout's attention. This imitates the caddisflies that skitter across the
surface of the water to reach the banks and many of the species that
deposit their eggs on the surface of the water.
Trout have two opportunities of eating adult caddisflies. First, when
they hatch or emerge and then again when they return to the water
to deposit their eggs. Most of the time the trout will eat the fly on a
dead drift. If they are not taking the fly well on the dead drift during
the hatch, try giving the fly a little bit of movement during the drift.
The can be fished down and across the stream or up and across,
depending on the type of water. By the way, if you dress the leader
with floatant, the fly can be twitched without dragging it under. The
Elk Hair, which is hollow, makes the fly very buoyant, and allows it to
perform in pocket water streams and other types of water with a fairly
Adult caddisflies vary greatly in size. Their bodies are usually drab in
color and rang from brown and black to greens and tans. The wings
are usually mottled or otherwise spotted with variations of a lighter
and darker color. That's why we offer the famous Elk Hair Caddis in a
large variety of colors. Black is a common color of the caddisflies.
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Black Elk Hair Caddis Trout Fly
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