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Joe Brook's Skunk hair caddis (moose hair variant)

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Here is another proven caddis pattern sent to us by customer Mark A. He has substituted moose mane for skunk hair on the Skunk Hair Caddis pattern made famous by the late, great Joe Brook's. It's another really nice tie.   The original recipe is as follows: Hook: Size 6 to 10, nymph hook 2X long. Thread: Black. (Brooks used 2/0 but 6/0 is quite acceptable too.) Body: Black or blackish portion of skunk tail hair. (Mark put moose mane to good use.)  Rib: copper wire Hackle: black Dubbing: Not in original pattern, but Mark ties in a ball of white antron (I...

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Daniel's Superbug Nymph

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Here's a great caddis pattern from Germany. Daniel, one of our overseas customers, sent this to me after purchasing some Superbug Yarn and other items. Here's what he had to say about this buggy looking pattern. "If you have a caddis population in your river, this will be your fly to catch fish. Very effective when fished as a dropper and partnered with a good, visible dry fly." Tying Instruction: Tie in the Superbug Yarn and form the undebody with your thread. Now form your body with the yarn and tie it off behind the bead. For trout I use a little bit brown...

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Trout season is around the corner. Are you ready?

Posted by Steve Galea at

Right about now, most fly anglers are clinging onto fond memories of last trout season. Those of us in the north are especially keen to see spring's green blanket unfold. It's only 18 days away in theory. Here it's more likely 35 to 40 days, however. Heck, maybe more; we're getting hammered with snow again today.  Regardless of how long it will take, the question is are you ready? This weekend, I'll be checking my vest and taking stock of my fly lines. I might even tie a few leaders. I'll certainly continue to fill my fly boxes. I'll be starting a wooly...

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