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How to Tie a Rough Water Caddis

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Productions

This pattern is meant to float in the water’s surface film, so the hackles on the underside of the hook are trimmed off close leaving a nice, fanned appearance to the top side.

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  • Jason

    What kind of deer body hair was used for the rough water caddis? Does the body spin round the hook if twisted?

    • Tightline

      For the Rough Water Caddis I used white-tailed deer hair from right down the middle of the deer’s back as it’s usually pretty straight and has just the right amount of hollowness (I think that’s a word). The angled wraps taken through the deer hair during the initial tie-in procedure really help to reduce spinning. The following wraps down and back don’t hurt either. During normal fishing the deer hair spinning isn’t a problem.

      • Jason

        Thank you for the info. I have one more question, where and or how can I find deer hair that I can be sure is from that location? By the way the patterns you tie and how you tie them is very impressive.

        • Tightline

          I am a hunter and so always have at least a few full hides so I can take my pick of what type of hair I want for a given application. Volumes could be written on different types of deer hair based on species, size, age, season of harvest etc. But back to your question, deer patches called Premo strips generally work very well for this pattern. Also, if you have a full bucktail, flip it over to the none hide side and use the hair right at the base of the tail as this is effectively stuff from the middle of the back. If you have dyed ducktails, it’s a great way to introduce some color to the pattern along with changing the color of the dubbing. Hope this helps.

          • Jason

            Yes that does help. I greatly appreciate it.