I'm tying Killer Caddises today. I figure I'll do a dozen in all. Here's one tied on a size 14 hook. The beads are about a 1/16 of an inch or less. These flies require 12 beads each -- four on the hook and 8 somewhere on the floor.
Having said that, this is a neat little pattern that could imitate a bloodworm, caddis pupa or shrimp depending on bead colour. I don't think anyone outside of Mardi Gras drops more beads than me, however. Tweezers make the job simpler.
The pattern is as follows:
4 glass beads of appropriate size (get them at your local craft store and get lots...) Slide them on hook.
Thread: Fluorescent green or chartreuse for creating a dubbed butt.
Green or chartreuse dubbing. Create ball at the tag end to hold beads on after you've slid them on the hook. After dubbing is applied, whip finish and cut thread. Then slde beads back snugly against the dubbing ball. (You could use many colours of dubbing but I prefer something that creates a hot spot.)
Thread for head: Wine Flymaster or 6/0
Head: Black or charcoal dubbing in front of beads.
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