Monday, August 25, 2014

Paul's September 2014 Fly of the Month

Torrey's Bead Head Hares Ear Caddis

Hook:  Tiemco 2487  or Scud hook of choice Size #12-#18. 
Tying thread:   Black or brown.

Bead:  Copper colored tungsten bead.

Abdomen/Body:  70% Hare’s Ear (sheared from mask), mixed with 10% gray squirrel, mixed with 10% Hare’s Ear Antron dubbing, and mixed with 10% assorted Ice Dub/Prism Dub (browns, tan, gray, olive-brown).  I use a coffee grinder to mix all my dubbing together.

Rib:   Copper Ultra-wire ‘brassie’ sized wire.

Weight:  .015 lead wire (approximately 8 wraps).
Collar:  Hare’s ear Prism/Ice Dub.
This fly is from Torrey Collins of Housatonic River Outfitters.  Torrey is one of the best and most knowledgeable nymph fishermen I know.  He is extremely open in sharing what’s happening on the river.  Stop in and see him at HRO or visit HRO on-line at . 
Begin by placing you bead on the hook.  Immediately behind the bead wrap your lead wire.  Move it right behind the bead to hold it in place.  Form a tapered body with your thread ending with your thread approximately half way down the hook bend.   Tie in your copper wire rib.  Next dub a body leaving a tiny bit of space behind the bead.  Palmer and rib the fly.  Tie off the rib.  Next dub a collar of Hare’s Ear Prism Dub behind the bead.  Apply some cement to the thread and finish your fly with a couple of half hitches.  Finally, and perhaps the most important step in the tying process, brush the collar/fly with Velcro so that a fly is enveloped in a hazy veil. 

Below is Torrey's instructional video on how to tie this fly.

This fly can also be viewed at the Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association website at .  If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a Fly of The Month I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or e-mail me at .