Moethedog's TRC variant, Lemire's TRC, & McMillan's Steelhead Caddis - Spey Pages
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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-31-2020, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Moethedog's TRC variant, Lemire's TRC, & McMillan's Steelhead Caddis

Just bragging a little bit on one of our fine members: moethedog.

I don't see him post many of his flies on here (although he always has an encouraging word to many of our flytying threads).

He is a terrific tyer and I especially dig his dry flies. He mailed me a pair of caddis variants that were inspired by Lemire's Thompson River Caddis.

They are superbly tied, well-balanced, and scream confidence.

Interestingly, I recently took an image of originals:Harry Lemire's "Thompson River Caddis" and Bill McMillan's "Steelhead Caddis".

You notice that both legends converge to similar styles in creating their dryflies.

Moethedog tied up his variant in a similar style. I have no doubt his variant will take steelhead.

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They look at home on the river in the background. Nice touch.
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Epic flies! Looking forward to dry fly steelies. Cool post of some great patterns.

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Awesome thread Adrian
You are correct, Keith always has an encouraging word for all of us tyers.
I too, am a fan of his work. Those Manic Muddlers of his are brilliant ... as are these little caddis. Time to pinch another moethedog pattern

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I love the TRC pattern, Adrian being the one who turned me on to it.

Last summer, I hooked and quickly lost my first traditionally tied TRC fish at the bottom of the Fox Creek run on the NU. Interestingly, Todd, swinging a Wang, hooked and lost a fish at the top of the run at nearly the same moment I stuck mine. Lightning......

I always like to have a dark little bug to offset the Manic Muddler; usually that is a Blue Spade. But in Combs’ book, he points out out that Harry tied the TRC in a variety of body colors including black. I decided to expand on that idea. I trust that Harry won’t mind the use of a couple of “less than traditional” ingredients.

Hook: Daiichi 2421 #6 (Sorry Adrian, I misidentified it earlier)
Hackle and head: Black elk, head is trimmed. I want the head to flow back. I try to be just on the sparse side on the elk. Just on the long side, too.
Wing: Two green feathers, one atop the other, from a Ringneck Pheasant rump. They look good tented, too.
Body: Hareline Ice Dub, Black. (A little sparkle here; Harry would understand)
Tail: Four strands of Orange Krystal Flash. (I suspect Harry might Tsk-Tsk at the addition of the tail)

I like the look of this guy a lot. I don’t think I will hitch it, I always do with the Manic Muddler. With the lighter wire hook and the elky ingredients, I think this will swing damp, right in the a TRC should (In my mind).

Thanks for the complements guys. I think this variant will do well for me.

Tight lines.....

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Great looking flies! Those bring fond memories, and an aching hope. Wish I be swinging one of those little bugs today.
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Such a treat for us to view your posts Adrian.....
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Great post Adrian and fantastic looking TRCs Moethedog. Swing them with confidence. Hope to see you fellas later this summer when things calm down. Cheers.
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Keith's flies just evoke that buggy, fishyness that is hard to describe, just plain coolness. I'm blessed to fish with the guy throughout the year. I am most blown away that he has even fished MY flies a few times, when he has all that goodness in his boxes. He just has a certain creative genius that I envy....
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Keith, I think Harry would be okay with the tail. I actually think it adds the right kind of goodness to your fly. Your tail is tastefully done...the old adage "less is more" definitely is compounded when using Crystal Flash.

Hey GreenSpotJerry, when are you gonna start a thread about that desert steelhead on a dryfly with your Reid and Dingley?

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