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Saturday, July
10 a.m. Eastern

on The Tying Bench

Tying the
ELK HAIR CADDIS

If there’s a list somewhere of favorite trout flies, you can bet that you’ll find the Elk Hair Caddis, or simply EHC, near the top.

Caddisflies, which look like nothing so much as drab and unassuming little moths, may not be the fanciest insects on the water – not by a long shot. But as far as trout are concerned, they must rank right up there with filet mignon and steamed lobster. They’re a favorite food for trout – and that makes them popular with fly fishers too.


Fly tying historians tell us that the Elk Hair Caddis (EHC) was developed by Al Troth in Pennsylvania in the late 1950s. As the story goes, it was supposed to be a subsurface fly. But instead of sinking, the fly tended to float. The fish responded to that floating imitation with great enthusiasm, and the Elk Hair Caddis that we now know and love was on its way to becoming a star in the fly fishing world.


This Saturday, you'll learn to tie the Elk Hair Caddis yourself. It's not a difficult pattern. I'm betting that you'll find it easy to master – and I'm sure that you'll have a great time tying and fishing some EHCs of your own.


I look forward to seeing you this Saturday on The Tying Bench!

Materials List

Hook: Dry fly hook, regular or 1XL, size 12 or 14 for starters. If you're a beginning or intermediate tyer, I suggest size 12.

Thread: Black, 6/0. I like Veevus thread for its strength in small diameters.

Hackle: Dry fly hackle sized to the hook you're using. Ideally, you want feathers with relatively long shafts since you'll be making quite a few turns of hackle over the body. Grizzly, tan, gray or cream are good colors for this time of year.

Body: We will tie two versions: One with a peacock herl body and one with a dubbed body.
     For the herl body version, you'll need some good quality peacock herl.
     For the dubbed body version, you'll need some gray or tan dry fly dubbing.

Wing: Elk hair, stacked (see "tools" below). Hair from a yearling elk or cow elk is ideal.

Specialized tools and other things you'll want to have:


1) Hair stacker tool for stacking the elk hair wing
2) Dubbing wax


ZOOM MEETING INFO

Time: July 2, 2022 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 831 5111 9932
Passcode: FlyTying2 [two capital letters, one number, no spaces]


LOOKING AHEAD


To help you plan ahead, here's what's coming up on The Tying Bench:

July 9: Rubberlegs Stonefly Nymphs

July 16: We will not be having The Tying Bench this week as Ann's Celebration of Life service is this day.

July 23: Bullet-Head Hoppers

July 30: And back by popular demand: The Stealth Bomber

Be sure to check out the Tie It & Try It (tm) line of fly tying kits, available from many fly shops, from Amazon, or direct from FlyKits.net.




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Coming Tuesday, July 5 

and Thursday, July 7 

at 7 p.m.


A special live on-line

 

FLY TYING CLASS!


FLY TYING 101


Getting started in the fascinating world of fly tying -- from the comfort of your own living room!


Tuesday, July 5

and Thursday, July 7


7 p.m. on Zoom


Have you ever wanted to explore the fascinating world of tying your own flies? Here's your chance to learn the basics of fly tying through a special on-line introductory course, and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own living room!

     The course begins Tuesday, July 5, and wraps up on Thursday, July 7. Each session will start at 7 p.m. Eastern.

     Each session will last until about 9:30 (with a break in the middle), with the second session picking up where the first session left off. Emphasis will be on learning key tying skills, and by the end of the course you'll be set to begin a lifelong journey through the fascinating world of tying your own flies!

     There is no cost to take this course. 

     What about materials?  You'll find a list of the needed materials at the end of this email. Your local fly shop (or even another tyer) should be able to help you get what you'll need.
     And how about tying tools? See the list of needed basic tools below. I suggest that you visit your local fly shop to check out the many tool options that are available and to pick the tools which best suit your needs. 
     Drop me a PM or email (aa4bw at comcast dot net) if you have any questions about the tools or materials you'll need or if I can help to point you in the right direction to get what you need. 
    This class is suitable for adults as well as for focused youth. In fact, it's a great thing to do with your kids or grandkids!

    Please note that you should plan to attend both sessions in order to get the most from this course. 

   

Here is the Zoom login info for the class. 

The login will be the same for both sessions:


Dates: July 5 and 7. Plan to attend both sessions

Time: 7-9:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Zoom meeting number: 895 8370 9681

Meeting access code: FT101


    Please feel free to share this with your fly fishing club or with others who might be interested in learning to tie flies. All are welcome!

     And a request: If you plan to be a part of this class, please drop me an email at aa4bw at comcast dot net. That will be most helpful in planning. Thank you!

    I look forward to exploring the world of fly tying with you!


TYING MATERIALS USED IN THE COURSE:


Hooks
* Size 8 2XL or 3XL (Woolly Bugger-style) hooks
* Size 12 nymph hook, standard or 1XL length
* Size 10 or 12 dry fly hook, standard or 1XL length 


Chenille:
* Green standard chenille (not Ultra Chenille). This can be basic olive-colored chenille or one of the green "sparkle chenille" varieties.
* "Ultra Chenille" (a special bonded type of chenille used to tie San Juan Worms) in red, pink, or burgundy


Yarn:
* Red yarn (blanket-type yarn)
* Pink yarn (blanket-type yarn)


Feathers:
* Green or olive marabou
* Woolly Bugger hackle feathers (natural or green-dyed "grizzly" pattern is preferred, but various colors can be used)


Beads:
* Brass fly tying beads (suitable for use with the size 8 Woolly Bugger hook)
* Glass beads (to fit the size 8 Woolly Bugger hook - red or pink)
* Bead chain (gold or silver color) similar to the pull chain on the ceiling fan in your living room. Just saying...!


Thread:
* Black fly tying thread. I recommend 3/0 thread as you start out because it's stronger and more durable than smaller threads
* Red fly tying thread, 3/0


Other materials:
* Flash material (silver or pearl)
* Ribbing wire, medium, copper or gold or silver color
* Foam sheet - 2mm, brown or tan or black
* Stranded rubber or silicone leg material


TOOLS YOU WILL NEED:
1) A tying vise
2) Fly tying scissors
3) A fly tying bobbin (the tool which holds your spool of tying thread). Note that we'll be using two colors of thread...if you want to save time and not have to rethread your bobbin when changing thread, you might want to go ahead and pick up two bobbins -- use one for each color!
4) A bobbin threader tool
5) A half hitch tool (often sold as a set of three – a great deal!)
5a) A Bic ballpoint pen (similar to the Bic "Cristal 1.6 mm" pen)
6) Head cement: Either some Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails clear nail polish (to use as head cement)...or...some water-based head cement made for fly tying. Sally Hansen's is available at most drugstores; the water-based head cement is available at most fly shops.
7)  Optional but recommended if you use Sally Hansen's for head cement: A fine-tip bottle for dispensing the head cement


TEXTBOOK:
This class uses the book FLY TYING 101 by Steve Hudson (that's me) as its text.


 

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