Elk Hair Caddis – Fly Tying Al Troth’s Original

One of the most popular (and effective) American flies, the Elk Hair Caddis can be considered a searching dry fly pattern as it resembles the general form of adult caddisflies or even small stoneflies. Al Troth developed the pattern in 1957 and first fished it on Loyalsock Creek in Pennsylvania, although he had the idea after finding an elk carcass in Montana. It can be tied in a variety of body, wing and hackle colors to match almost any caddis hatches.

Hook: #12-20 dry fly
Thread: Brown or tan
Body: Hare's mask
Hackle: Brown dry fly, palmered
Rib: Fine gold wire
Wing: Elk hair, stacked

Author: Matt O