Rylee’s Pullover Caddis- by Lucas Langton

featured, Fly Patterns, Step-by-Step Tutorials — By on December 6, 2012 3:51 pm

I enjoy experimenting with traditional patterns and giving them a modern twist. My goal with the experiments is to improve their “fish ability” whether it’s to improve visibility, floatability, or how the fly is presented on the surface. Sometimes these experiments are a complete disaster and I just wasted a good hook and material that could have made a fine classic fly. Other times they come together very well and improve multiple aspects of the fly. I figured nothing lost nothing gained.

You can’t get a more traditional dry fly than an Elk Hair Caddis, there has been thousands if not millions of trout caught on this fly and I’m willing to bet most anglers have at least have one Elk Hair Caddis in their fly box. My biggest complaint with this pattern is how it rides on the surface of the water, unless you trim the hackle off the bottom more times than not it rides sideways and does not stabilize on the surface until the body and hackle take in some water. My solution is Rylee’s Pullover Caddis.

Rylee’s Pullover Caddis keeps the traditional look of an Elk Hair Caddis but improves how the fly rides in the water and increases floatability by incorporating parafoam hackle body. By keeping the hackle off the bottom the fly floats upright 95% off the time, by packing enough foam into the body rarely is there a need for floatant. A few changes in material color you can match whatever Caddis is hatching.

Material
Hook: TMC 100 or any standard dry hook
Thread: UTC 140 color to match
Wing: Elk Hair
Body: Clear V-rib, 2mm foam cut equal to hook gap, hackle
Thorax: Superfine dubbing color to match

Attach thread and tie in foam just short of the eye.

Tie in your hackle and using the foam tail at the back of the fly make your foam post. The post should be equal in length to the foam on the hook shank.

Wrap your hackle to the base of the post and tie it off. Next tie in the v-rib, I like to start it even with the foam body on the shank to ensure a smooth body.

Hackle wrap your V-rib to the end of your body tie it off and add a small amount of dubbing for your thorax.


Now you are ready to pull your hackle post over the body and to tie it in just past your dubbing.

Clean, stack, and tie in a small clump of elk hair same as you would for a traditional elk hair caddis. I like to leave the foam untrimmed to ensure a clean hook eye.

Whip finish and glue. Now I trim the foam equal to the hair butts on the front of the fly. I also trim any stray hackles that may have been pushed to the bottom side of the fly. You now you can trade in your 1957 Caddis for a 2012 model with more surface stability and that floats like a cork, without sacrificing the classic look of the orginal.

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11 Comments

  1. Great for rough water!…Thank you.

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  2. daniel says:

    great trick !! thanks for share

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  3. Keith Gann says:

    You get a positive vote. Been redesigning Elk Hair Caddis for 10 years for small stream fishing. Have used foam as a body and have trimmed the bottom hackles in a “V”, but never thought of your design. Looks great! I’ll tie some up this week!Thanks, Keith

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  4. Nice! Try tying in a piece of opal flash right at the bend and wrapping the shank before covering it in the v-rib. I’ll definitely add this one to my repertoire,

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  5. cj webb says:

    Triple A rating from this tyer. I’ve been cutting out the center section of the Elk Hair for years to use on lakes and call it the Naked Caddis. Also, I just tried it with one layer of foam to lessen the bulk. Great fly even wrapped with different colored hackle. Thanks for your new method…..cj

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  6. John says:

    I like it alot. The original Elk Hair Cad is probly one of the top 5 flies used in the west, and this thing you just shared with us is going to be more buoyant which is a big deal because the Elk Hair Cad does seem to need to be dried out fairly frequently after being used a while. I look forward to tying some of these.

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  7. Luchs says:

    Obviously I got left behind in the in the ever newer and more sophisticated tying material game, because I don’t know what v-rib or clear v rib is. What does it actually do to enhance this Caddis version?

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  8. Mark LaPierre says:

    Great idea. You’re a tyer after my own heart.I’ve been guiding and instruction for many years but never grow tired of trying something new! Used to live in the Salt Lake area, was heaven for a skilled flyfisher. Novice and intermediate casters found it to be really tough on the Provo or Green etal. Thanks for sharing. Simple and to the point pattern, How small will this pattern tie down to practically? In the west so many hatches are quite small, as you know if you live out here.

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  9. Luke Langton says:

    Thanks for the feedback! V-rib is vinyl rib which is a stretchy plastic material I like it because it can give a fly a segmented body. I like clear because it only comes in a handful of colors and thread comes in a ton of colors. If you lay down a decent thread base the thread color comes through the clear really well. As far as size I typically tie it in 12,14,& 16, with some modifications you might be able to get away with an 18. Luke

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  10. Chuck Perry says:

    Very unique use of the foam. An approach I never would have thought of. I wonder how much flotation you get from the foam when it has been compressed as I see it in the pictures. At any rate there should be some positive flotation and the nub at the head certainly has to help. I am impressed by your inventiveness. A final thought, would Rainy’s round foam add more flotation? Maybe too much?

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  11. Dave says:

    Can this be tied on a size 20-22 hook? We have these tiny guys hatching every warm day here in CT. And I bet they would be good for warm winter catches.

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