A CADDIS FORMULATED FROM CALF HAIR....BETTER THAN ELK HAIR

Invented in the 1980's on the Beaverkill River, New York State...the calf hair caddis is the best imitation of a caddis you will ever use. In sizes 16 to 20, it is deadly on flat water or bouncing down riffle water. It is easy to see on the water, easy for young and old to tie, and it is virtually indestructible.

The calf caddis is made from calf tail which is readily available. The fibres of hair are kinky and trap air quite well. They also compress easily and form a very realistic caddis wing on the fly. Elk hair, on the other hand, has fibres which may become bent and damaged because they are hollow and they may waterlog and pull out from the wing after extended use. Calf hair lasts much longer.....

When treated with Orvis floatant, this fly will float like a cork.....however it may also be jerked under the surface and allowed to swim back up similar to a caddis which has laid eggs and is escaping to fly away...additionally it can be fished downstream and twitched back up towards the angler which is similar to the Leonard Wright "sudden inch" method of adding life-like behaviour to your fly or skittering....

May be tied in various colours and in tan is deadly for browns. In larger sizes it is similar to a Letort cricket or grasshopper and is readily taken.....hey it is also representative of a mouse or moth for bass and pike...try it!

Tie some up for this year and let me know how they are working for you....

The Calf Caddis is as versatile on the water as The Usual (which is my preferred mayfly imitation)...

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