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The Corn Fed Caddis is a chunky, high-floating Caddis imitation tied with a thick, full CDC wing for maximum float ability. The CDC-based design means this Caddis lands slightly softer than a traditional elk hair and maintains a more lifelike profile on the water when targeting trout feeding on top.

Material List

Step One

Begin the Corn Fed Caddis pattern by running the thread from below the hook eye to the bend.

Step Two

The first ingredient is tan Antron yarn for the shuck. Tie a small piece by the tip, then cover it with thread down to the bend. The tag end should extend around half the shank’s length past the curve.

Step Three

Form a small dubbing noodle in the thread, then make overlapping wraps up the shank to the eye for the Corn Fed Caddis’ body.

Step Four

We’re now moving onto the wing using CDC feathers. Tie three stacked hackles by the tips on the shank, then clip the forward-facing excess.

Step Five

To help the fly stay visible after it lands on the stream, secure a small piece of Antron yarn before the eye at the material’s center. 

Step Six

Finish the sighter by folding the forward-facing strand toward the bend, then tie it down at the tip. Trim the sighter to half the wing’s length.

Step Seven

Apply dubbing to the thread, then complete several turns around the sighter’s base for the thorax.

Step Eight

Trim the fibers from a CDC hackle, apply dubbing wax to the looped thread, then seat the feather fibers in the waxed loop.

Step Nine

The hackle portion is complete after turning the loop several times around the thorax.

Step Ten

Pull the material rearward, form a small head with the thread, then complete a whip finish. Now it’s time to pick apart the local brook!