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Hemingway Caddis

Created by Mike Lawson

HOOK: TMC 100, sizes 12-18


BODY: Olive superfine. Palmer with medium dun hackle. The hackle is tied fairly long and extends below the hook point.

UNDERWING: Wooduck mallard flank

WING: Mallard quill extended back over body. A third of its length should extend beyond the hook bend.

THORAX: Peacock herl

HACKLE: Medium dun



Imitates adult caddis. The quill segments make a realistic wing silhouette, and the long hackles provide floatation in rough water.


Different caddis species can be imitated by using hook sizes and body colors that match the natural insect.

flyMatchHow to match various caddis species

How to Fish

Dress the fly with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations. In slower water, you might want to trim the underside of the hackle so the fly will ride lower in the water. The mallard quill wing will start to shred after a few fish have wollopped it. Replace the fly when the wing no longer looks realistic.

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