- Hook: Dai-Riki 135 #14-16
- Thread: 70 Denier Black
- Butt: SM Hot Yellow Ultra Wire
- Body: Peacock Herl
- Hackle: Soft Hackle (Oversized/White)
To start this fly I wrap 5 turns of the SM Ultra Wire tight against the hook shank and position it just above/behind the hook barb then glue it in place with the Zap-A-Gap, remove both tag ends. I twist them off and never clip them free with scissors, it saves your blades and leaves a cleaner looking finish. I typically prep a dozen in one color before I sit down to tie the batch. This has also been an effective pattern with Red and Green Ultra Wire as well. The body is made with the peacock herl wrapped close to form a bushy full body and finished with 1-2 turns of a soft-hackle, on my #14 flies I used traditional Partridge but for the #16’s I used this white soft-hackle that came free with a dry fly hackle I purchased a while back, both have proven to take trout. I measure the hackle from just behind the hook eye back to the wire above the hook barb. I’ll fish this pattern dead drifted behind a nymph but I find it best fished on the swing or by lifting your rod tip to bring the fly up from the bottom. This tends to trigger the desired behaviour again and again. This is a good attractor pattern that might be simulating a pupating caddis or perhaps a cased caddis that is peeping, either way this fly takes trout. Good luck.
p.s. This video was taken in HD format with the Panasonic Lumix TS-1.