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Pig Caddis

One more turn on the calendar will have us fishing dries. A recent materials gift from our fellow steelhead23 got me tinkering on a surface attractor.

Rich asked me if I had ever tied with boar hair. He mentioned that it would be great for tails due to its stiff nature. One winter steelhead morning he tosses a Ziploc in the back of the rig (social distance,eh) and it was this coarse hair.

It took me a bit to get inspired by it (being the middle of winter), but as Spring sung her awakening...my thoughts wandered over to the boar hair. Ultra stiff. Maybe neutrally bouyant (I dunno) but the stiffness could be advantageous in some sort of a lip to plane the surface like a waker.

I planned to use a clump of the boar guard hairs as an underwing while leaving the butt ends to form a waking head. The trimmed portion is so stiff it feels like hard plastic. Almost mimics how people use to lacquer the butt ends of deer hair to make a stiff lip.

The boar hair underwing with slightly tented hen pheasant over

I used gold Pearsall's thread with a dubbed body of golden olive seal. The thorax is dyed brown deer hair. I am pretty excited about this and I hope it should fish well (especially with a light wire down eye and a No-Spin Knot).

I need to field test the pattern, hopefully on some desert trout this week and will report back to you (the pattern is meant for steelhead, but if the trout eat it...so will the bigger cousins)

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Steelhead23, thank you for the inspiration.

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What a fishy little bug
I would be surprised if a trout didn't take that offering ... looks fantastic !!
What hooks are you using ?? Size ??

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This is on a Gamakatsu S10 sz 4, Mike

Edit: maybe a sz 6? When I get home, I will double check.

Addendum: sz 6 Gamakatsu s10

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That is a buggy-looking bug. Looking forward to hearing about its success.
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Soooooooooo Weeeeeeeeee! This one should be good early season and in the fall when those other big bugs pop out.

Better bring a couple this weekend, its on.
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Fly looks fantastic!
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Yessir, I'm diggin' it!
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Great Caddis imitation
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Very buggy! Thatíll do, pig.

You must name that The Babe!

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Nicely done. This pattern will definitely hunt as well as riffle, skitter, and pop em up on top.
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Love it- simple clean and buggy.
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NICE !! That might work for Atlantics
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Second pic looks like it is just drying its wing,s ready to pop off that rock,very nice
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Adrian, i havenít been around much as of late, only peeking in here and there. Your flies as always are incredible ! This has got to be one of the ugliest ( in a pretty way ) most fishy caddis patterns iíve ever seen. Carry on brotha, looking smashing as usual. Cheers
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Hey, much thanks, ALL! Your comments are inspiring.

Keith, I don't know about calling this "Babe" It's got that "from the wrong side of the tracks" look. "Babe" is just too cute a moniker

I took the prototype caddis over for a swim in trout habitat during not so ideal conditions. I was very pleased with it. Now, I don't swing for trout but I did trial a swing with the Pig and that lip on it does make it wake on the surface. It still needs steelhead affirmation.

But the trout love this thing. I outfished my buddy who used a dry-dropper combo and I stuck to my guns with this caddis (the Pig outfished a variety of Chubby Chernobyls, Clark's Stones, and Stimi variants). It works fine on a traditional upstream dead-drift presentation. I'd try to sneak it under overhanging branches that hold caddis and recently hatched stoneflies. I did grease my leader and the fly.

Of note. If the angler is not accustomed to fishing dries and has mediocre vision, they might struggle seeing the pattern consistently on the surface. It is low-riding and has that natural tone that at times gets lost in the shadows. I mitigate this by using a short line when fishing for trout under the trees...not to exceed 30 ft casts for better line control.

My preferred tool is a 7ft Eagle Claw fiberglass rod. Limber enough to load on a short line and not too long where you struggle with hooksets under the limbs (Ever try to cast or set the hook on a 9ft high-end graphite rod and try to untangle line and rod wrapped in the limbs? Yup... no need to worry about that with this workhorse). Plus it's a deadly fish-fighting machine.

My other little happy trick: the "No-Spin Knot":

Click on image for video...I might have to start another thread about this knot: it's steelhead certified

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