February 14, 2012
Tie Talk: Tying a Clown Shoe Caddis in 7 Steps (with Photos)
Today's Tie Talk bug comes to us courtesy of flyrecipes.com and my friend Jay Zimmerman, who developed the Clown Shoe Caddis for my local stream here in Boulder--this is also a great caddis imitation to use anywhere.
Jay says, "The fly is super buoyant, highly visible and easy to tie. It's commonly used as a mule to carry large dropper nymphs. Fly fishing guides love this fly too, as it is very easy for clients to see. It's a killer fly during the Mothers Day Caddis Hatch too!"
If you can't bring yourself to tie it, Umpqua Feather Merchants started producing it commercially a few years ago and should be carried by most local fly shops that bring in Umpqua products.