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Partridge Caddis Emerger


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The Partridge Caddis Emerger, designed by Mike Lawson, generally works best on meandering streams as spring creeks, meadow streams and tailwaters.

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Materials

Tan Caddis EmergerOlive Caddis Emerger
Hook:Standard dry fly hook size 20 to 12Standard dry fly hook size 20 to 12
Thread:8/0 Tan8/0 Olive
Body:Tan antron dubbingOlive antron dubbing
Shuck:Find kinky Z-Lon for larger hooks. Antron yarn for smallerFine kinky Z-Lon for larger hooks. Antron yarn for smaller
Wing:Two brown partridge feathers over a little tan Z-Lon
(Antron for small hooks)
Two brown partridge feathers over a little olive Z-Lon
(Antron for small hooks)
Rib:Fine copper wire or hot-yellow ultra-wireFine copper wire or chartreuse ultra-wire
Thorax:Arizona Bronze Peacock DubbingArizona Peacock Dubbing


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Tying Instructions

  1. Start the thread about 2/3 up the hook's shank. Bind a small amount of Z-Lon (or Antron for smaller hooks) back along the shank to the hook's bend, for a shuck. Bind some copper wire along the shank to the hook's bend. Trim the forward ends of the Z-Lon and wire.
  2. Dub a full abdomen up about 2/3 ot 3/4 of the shank. Wind the copper wire up the abdomen in five or six ribs. Bind the end of the wire with a few tight thread-turns, and then trim it.
  3. Bind a small amount of Z-Lon (or Antron) atop the shank at the front of the abdomen. Trim the Z-Lon directly over the far edge of the bend. Trim the front of the Z-Lon closely.
  4. Set two Partridge feathers (their bases stripped of fluff) one atop the other, tips evened. Hold the feathers cupped side down and flat atop the shank. With your left-hand thumb and finger, roll their sides down around the abdomen a little. The tips of the feathers should terminate over the rear of the abdomen. Make a couple of loose turns of thread over the partridge (at the front of the abdomen), roll the tips of your thumb finger forward over the thread-turns, and then pull the thread tight.
  5. Dub a full thorax.


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