Add a bit of superglue or cement to the hook shank before winding.
Using the hackle trapping technique shown at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcxsEk4fFS4
wrap the peackock herl forward and trap it. Secure with a half hitch and trim the herl
Tie on a small bunch of elk hair, make it lies diagonally across the hook with the right hand tips closest to you. This will ensure the hair doesnt roll on the hook if you use a pinched loop
Secure with a half hitch, and trim the head like a standard elk hair caddis.
This is where things get a little different, you will now realise the hairs weren't 'stacked' before we tied them on. The reason being that we want as much floatation as possible and hair tips dont add any bouyancy.
Trim the hair as shown, and also trim off any excess elk hair on the sides. This is a slim and trim pattern.
Elk Hair Patch
This is the stuff for the Elk Hair Caddis, one of the most popular flies in the world.
PLEASE DO NOT ADD TO CART IF NOT IN STOCK
Elk 'Micro' Caddis2 - E=MC2
While trying to solve a problem whereby fish were taking caddis imitations, but not getting hooked, I tried a small elk hair caddis in my box and immedeatly saw better results.
In fast water there is always an awful choice to make, either a fly that is visible and nice and bouyant, or a better imitation which is likely to catch fish better, but will keep drowning in fast water.
The obvious solution is to keep changing flies, but that is quite a hassle.
Thus the mission was on to find a bouyant visible fly that fish liked using scientific method, and hence the E=MC2
This is the fly that took the big JDT's fish.
Using a Hanak H100 size 18, with white or tan Griffiths 14/0 thread, lay a base and tie on one strand of peacock herl.