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Clown Shoe Caddis, Zimmerman's
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Pattern Description
This cool little pattern comes from Jay Zimmerman up in Boulder, Colorado. Seems Jay weanted a fly that he could fish all season long with or without a dropper and after plenty of variations and testing, what we see here is what he came up with. Jay uses somewhat heavy V-rib or D-rib for the body of this fly to help the fly sit properly with or without a dropper. The dense body tied on the curved shank TMC 2487 sits low in the water, perhaps imitating an emerger to a degree, while allowing the wing and trimmed hackle to create surface area to hold the fly up. Jay uses cerise colored McFlyFoam for the indicator on his flies and this comes from trying a variety of colors and concluding that the hot pink cerise color was most visible for most anglers. I agree with this and find the hot pink to be the most visible myself, but I tied the fly here with orange because...well, because I didn't have any cerise McFoam hanging around. This is a fun fly to tie and there are a couple subtle tricks to make it easier. Of course you can alter the colors of any of the components to match caddis, small stones and yellow Sallies as need be. Grab your stuff and get tying...
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Hook: TMC 2487 #12-18>>>>> Thread: Olive Dun 8/0>>>>> Overbody: Small Clear D-Rib>>>>> Wing: Yearling Elk dyed Dun>>>>> Hackle: Grizzly Rooster Saddle or Neck>>>>> Indicator: Cerise (or other hi vis color) McFlyFoam>>>>> Thorax: Black Superfine Dubbing
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Start the thread just in front of the hook point and wrap a thread base about halfway down the hook bend. Return the thread to the starting point.
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Cut a piece of D-Rib fromt he package. This stuff stretches a little so you won't need much, but cut enough to make a few flies, maybe six or eight inches. As you can see, the end of the D-Rib is shaped like the letter "D". You want to tie this piece onto the shank at the front of the thread base with the flat side of the "D" facing UP.
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Catch the tip of the D-Rib with a couple turns of thread at the front of the thread base. Stretch the D-Rib slightly as you wrap a tight, smooth thread base over it back to the bend. Try to keep the D-Rib on the top of the shank as you go. Return the thread to the starting point with smooth flat turns.
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Wrap the D-Rib forward in abutting turns to the front of the thread base and tie it off with several tight turns of thread. Stretch the D-rib just slightly as you wrap it to make sure it grabs tightly to the shank.
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Cut, clean and stack a small bunch of yearling elk dued dun. Measure this clump of hair so it is as long as the entire hook.
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Move the front of the clump back to the front edge of the body, in fact, on top of the last wrap of D-Rib, and tie it in place with several tight turns of thread. I like to hold the tips of the hair in my material hand and make two turns around the hair and hook before tightening the thread by pulling it toward me. These first two turns will flare the butt ends of the hair but I keep the tips enclosed in my fingertips until I have made several more turns of thread to anchor the hair and form a small band of thread.
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Trim the butt ends of the hair at a descending angle toward the hook eye.
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Lift the wing and take a couple turns of thread under and behind the base of the wing.
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Let the thread cross through the butt ends of the hair as you come forward on each of these wraps. This will let you tighten and lift the wing a bit as well as gather it into a single neat clump.
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Wrap over the butt ends of the hair to the hook eye forming a smooth thread base. Leave the thread hanging at the base of the wing.
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Strip the end of a properly sized hackle feather and tie it in at the base of the wing with the inside of the feather facing the hook shank.
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Move the thread forward to the center of the thorax and tie in an oddly large clump of McFlyfoam at the center of its length.
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Release the tension on the McFlyFoam and pull the ends up and together above the hook so they become one unit.
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Dub a tight, thin strand of Superfine onto the thread and begin wrapping it just behind the index point working back to the base of the indicator post.
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Pull the indicator forward and continue dubbing from its back edge up to the base of the elk hair wing. Return the dubbing to the index point forming a smooth, bulbous thorax. Leave the thread hanging behind the hook eye.
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Palmer the hackle feather forward through the thorax with five or six tightly spaced turns. I try for three behind the wing and two in front. Tie the hackle off with a couple turns of thread in the index point.
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Trim the hackle tip flush, build a smooth thread head and whip finish. Clip the thread. Lift the indicator up and pull it tight above the shank. Clip the ends square just beyond the tips of the hackle.
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The indicator ought to squat down just slightly inside the hackle as shown here.
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Trim the hackle flush with the dubbing across the bottom of the thorax forming a notch.
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Finished fly, side view.
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Finished fly, quarter front view. You can see the notch in the hackle a bit more clearly from this angle.
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