One of my favorite flies to toss on the water is the Elk Hair Caddis, and trout love them just as much.  However, if you want to increase your chances of hooking a nice trout, add a caddis pupa as a dropper.  During a caddis hatch, trout will key in on the caddis pupa stage.  It is the most helpless stage of the cycle and makes an easy meal.

Materials

Hook: Daiichi 1150 curved hook, Gold or Black Bead

Thread: 6/0 white and black

Body: Latex strip

Ribbing: Tag end of thread with Cream Antron Dubbing

Legs: English Partridge feather

Antenna: Pheasant tail

Thorax: Black dubbing

Step 1: Place bead on hook.

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Step 2: Wrap weight to hook; I like to attach toward rear for this pattern for that will be the thicker part of the fly.

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Step 3: Using white thread, I leave about 3 inches of the tag end.

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Step 4: Tie in latex strip.

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Step 5: Make smooth wraps over the hook, building the body.

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Step 6: Wrap the hook with the latex making segmented body.

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Step 7: Using permanent marker, color the body.

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Step 8: Lightly coat the body with UV Resin. Here, I used Deer Creek Diamond Fine. Do NOT cure yet.

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Step 9: Lightly dub the tag end with Cream Antron Dubbing.

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Step 10: Rib the body with the dubbed tag end, making sure to wrap next to each segment.

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Step 11: Now you may cure the UV Resin. This will set the ribbing. Tie off the white thread.

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Step 12: Now switch to the black thread.

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Step 13: Add black dubbing behind the bead.

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Step 14: Using partridge feather, tie in the legs on each side.

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Step 15: Trim off excess ends of feather, and add more dubbing.

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Step 16: Tie in two fibers of pheasant tail for the antenna.

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Step 17: Trim off the ends and cover with dubbing. Whip finish the fly.

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