Tie Talk: Tying the Triple Wing Caddis (Step-by-Step Photos)

Seeing how all those Mother's Day caddis hatches are already starting to come off -- with the insanely warm weather that much of the country is experiencing -- I thought we'd share another pattern from Flyrecipes.com. This week it's the Triple Wing Caddis, explained by Rob O'Reilly.

Rob says, "I have come to the conclusion that there are some fly patterns that I just plain LIKE to use. Sometimes they catch fish, sometimes they don't."

Rob goes on to suggest some fairly interesting uses and tying variances that I've never thought of for a caddis, like giant sizes to replicate mice or tying them in all black for big browns at night...

"On more than one occasion I've been heard saying things like; well, if I'm going to get skunked, it may as well be with a fly I like. The following caddis pattern is one of those flies. It is a great prospecting fly that has proven effective on some pretty selective fish at times. If fishing for you means long hikes, covering water etc., you might do well to include these in your selection. In the right size/color, I think they can suggest a wide variety of edibles for both warm and cold water fish.

The colors used in this tying sequence are very true to an originals I bought some time ago, but feel free to experiment. I play with the body and hackle colors mostly, and leave the wing a nice, easy-to-see color. I think a great deal of the effectiveness of this pattern comes from it's buoyancy, and low-riding profile in the water. To keep it this way, I try to keep the hair wing from wrapping around the sides too much. To achieve this, pinch the bunches of hair in a tight clump on top of the hook shank, make 2 light wraps of thread, and begin to tighten on the 3rd. I use no more than about 5-6 wraps in total. When tying these in large sizes (or for bass in mouse-like sizes!) I'll add some head cement to the tie-in point of each wing, AFTER the butt ends-of the hair have been cinched down. Tie them in an all-black color scheme if you're fishing for big browns in the dark!"

Click here for the step-by-step instructions.