Step by Step – How To Tie A CDC & Elk hair Caddis 

Towards the end of the trout season this fly Has been my number one choice of fly. It’s a simple fly to tie and I like to fish it as a duo, usually with a natural looking, small beaded nymph swimming underneath it. 

The steps below will show you how I like to tie the sedge. 

Hook – Partridge standard dry #14 

Thread – 6/0 or 8/0 uni brown / black. 

Body – hares ear dubbed. 

Wing 1 – 1 CDC feather. 

Wing 2 – Elk hair. 

Step 1 – place the hook in your vice and start your thread off at the eye of the hook, winding down the the bend of the hook. 


Step 2 – make a dubbing rope with your hears ear and wind back up the hook creating a tapered body. Leaving space at the eye for the CDC and elk hair. 



Step 3 – select a CDC feather to tie in for your first wing. a note when tying the CDC in is I like to tie it in so its just a little bit longer than the body.  

Step 4 – trim away the waste end of the CDC and grab your elk hair! Select a bunch of elk hair, when you’ve cut it off the tips need to be stacked to make them line up. All you need to do is place them in a hair stacker tips first, and tap it on your tying bench a few times. Take the hair out of the stacker and place them on top of the CDC.  


Step 5 – tie in the elk hair the same length as the CDC. A couple of loose turns then tighten up with the thread. 

 Step 6 – trim off the waste pieces of elk hair, cutting them of at an angle. getting as close as you can to the hook to make it less bulky. Making sure you keep the eye of the hook clear. 

Step 7 – finishing the fly by tidying up with  a bit of  hares ear to create a head then whip finish. 

And that’s how I tie the CDC Elk Hair Caddis! When fishing this I tend to use some gink on the elk hair just to keep the buoyancy of the fly. I hope you have found this step by step helpful! 

I’ll be at Fly Only next weekend (7th November) for their fly tying day tying patterns I use whilst fishing on my local river, be sure to pop in and say hello of you’re passing! 

Out With The trout, In With The Grayling! 

Out With The trout, In With The Grayling! 

Now the trout season has come to an end, many of us will be spending the up and coming winter months with days chasing Grayling and those dull, dark evenings at our tying desks filling the box in anticipation of March to come.

The past couple of weeks I’ve been on the river I’ve caught some lovely grayling, coming to both nymphs and dries. It’s been an odd year this year, the fishing I have done has been different to last year, I’ve found ive caught more grayling than trout on my days out some days not even netting a trout! It seems grayling are taking over the Calder!


I don’t know where this year has disappeared too but it only seems two minutes since that first day of the trout season was upon us. My most memorable day of this season was catching my PB brownie out of the Calder early on in the season. being on my own i remember thinking to my self, i have to get this fish! Guiding my rod in and around the over hanging trees, keeping the fish away from any snags in the river. Having netted the fish I remember looking in my net like a child does when they’ve been trick or treating, a huge smile on my face!

My top three flies this season have been the olive jig, quilled nymphs and sedge patterns, which you will be able to see in my new “Fly tying section”

the next couple of weeks will be exciting ones I’m sure, tying flies for a weeks fishing in Poland towards the end of this month, i hope you have all had a brilliant end to your trout season!

just a short one today, ill look forward to bringing you some fintastic tails from my adventures in Poland!
tight lines !