sexyloops fly tying school part 19 - carpet yarn caddis

sexyloops fly tying school part 19 - carpet yarn caddis

t.z. | Friday, 26 February 2016

I went through my notes of the last years and the clear winner was this little bugger. Yeah, one should only believe the stats you doctored yourself of course. ;-) Anyway, it worked wherever I fished it - New Zealand or Norway and other countries.

I am not really sure what it represents. The overall look is screaming "caddis pupa", but it worked in very different hatches too. Heck, I even fished it when trout were feeding on manuka beetles.

The tie is a bit more complex and not so easy to get right, but let´s give it a go ....

 The material for the "wing-case" is again as in many of my other patterns hair taken from in between the toes of an arctic hares foot. This material is hydrophobic, meaning is does not get wet. The natural color is white or slightly off white. It is very easy to see on the water. It reflects light very very well. So good that it is really hard for an amateur photographer like me to not f... up the exposure. Anyway ... 

The other materials needed are CDC and carpet yarn ... hence the name.

Carpet Yarn Caddis

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This is what you need:
a hares foot,
CDC, Carpet Yarn,
Dyneema thread (Veevus 30D or 50D)

and a hook of course - a Partridge CZ in size 16 (former 22)

The start

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set the hook in the vice and make short threadbase
I higly advise to use very thin dyneema thread
I like Veevus 30D or 50D
This fly features quite some turns of thread
on top of each other, so a
regular thread would build up too much.

The Extended Body

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tie in the carpet yarn

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get hold of the yarn and twist it counter-clockwise
turn it so many times until you feel it "pulling" towards the hook

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- now double the yarn over and hold it with your fingers -
or a needle as shown 
I used the needle method so it shows better on the picture
and tie it in without letting go of the two strands

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so when you let go of the yarn it should twist around itself
this stops the yarn from fraying 

The Wingcase 

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snip off a clump of the hares hair

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tie over the carpet yarn

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which than looks like this

The CDC hackle

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lay two or three feather on top of each other 
and clamp them with two paper clips

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cut one side right by the feather stem

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do the same with the other side

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so you have two clamps with CDC fibres only
one "clamp" per fly

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split the thread with a needle

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and insert the CDC fibers

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twist the thread

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and wind the CDC hackle onto the hook

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secure with a few extra wraps and
let the thread bobbin hang down and untwist the thread

The wing-case

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grap the hares hair and flip it over the CDC hackle

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and tie it down

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snip off remains

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and finish with a knot

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done - the CYC


picture by Al Pyke 

Thomas Züllich, or - “t.z.” as most call him - is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. His flydressing is based on old traditions as well as very modern and innovative methods of creating flies. You can book Thomas for guided trips, flytying classes and presentations. He regularly gives speeches and demonstrations at fly fishing fairs. Thomas is member of the ProTeam at Partridge of Redditch as well as Regal Vises.

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