How to tie an El Paso Caddis

The El Paso Caddis is one of my favourite beaded caddis patterns and has caught some of my biggest fish. Its whole body is tied out of CDC, it has a CDC hackle and it is rounded off with a little bit of orange/pink dubbing for the collar.
CDC is known for its floating ability and is primarily used on dry flies but it is also a fantastic material for caddis and nymph patterns. It has a lot of movement and will hold air bubbles under water.
Recipe:

Hook: FM5115 - Fulling Mill HEAVY WEIGHT GRUB SIZE 14 
          alternative Kamasan B110 #14 or Black Magic G14
Bead: Black counter sunk 2.4mm 

Thread: Veevus GSP 50D in White or Black

CDC: Pat Swift CDC in Olive (Body)  
Dubbing: Hareline Ice Dub UV Shrimp Pink (ICE343)
                 
           
I am using the Marc Petitjean Magic tool as it makes tying with CDC really easy.









STEP 1
Slide Black tungsten bead on, attach GSP thread and wind half way down into the hook bend



STEP 2
Tie in the olive CDC feather on the bottom of stem with 2 loose thread wraps



STEP 3
Hold your Bobbin and pull back the feather to the tip. Secure the feather and wind thread foward to tungsten bead



STEP 4
Attach hackle pliers (Marc Petitjean hackle pliers) 



STEP 5

Wrap and twist the feather towards the bead, do tight wraps so you get a nice and tapered body (the stem of the feather creates a natural taper)




STEP 6

Trim off the excess till you get a nice and tapered body shape







STEP 7

Pull the fibres back so they stand 90 degrees from the stem




STEP 8

Push the CDC feather into the table clip




STEP 9

Trim off the excess 




STEP 10

Transfer the fibres into clip




STEP 11

Cut very close to the stem. A scissor with long blades is recommended




STEP 12

Split the thread carefully or create a Dubbing loop. (less bulky when spliting thread)




STEP 13

Insert the CDC fibres between split thread (or the Dubbing loop)




STEP 14

Pull off approximately 20cm of thread, rest it on your index finger and spin the bobbin holder. This way you spin only the section of thread below your finger.

(next image)Take your fingers and push up the spun portion thread to the CDC fibres. This will spin and lock the fibres.

Repeat the same step to make sure the fibres are secure. 

STEP 15

Wind the cdc between the body and bead like a hackle and fold the fibres back with your fingers while winding




STEP 16

Add little dubbing for the collar




STEP 17

Whip finish

The End

     

Have fun tying!

Cheers

Dustin

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