Chuck Caddis

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Frequenttyer
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Chuck Caddis

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Hello again!
I have been absent/lurking for quite a while. Between work and general life stuff I have had little time for tying and very little time for internet activity for almost a year now. I have been checking in and keeping up on the forums, and as the posts here on SGM are always a great break from an otherwise hectic pace. The Somerset show last week got me out of my rut and I was able to start refilling the boxes and trying some new (to me) patterns. One material that I have been wanting to work with is woodchuck, and since I fish a lot of caddis I thought I would give the chuck caddis a try. I really like working with the woodchuck (and honestly, the fact that today is Feb 2nd is coincidence). The guard hairs have great contrast with beautiful variation in color, and the underfur makes a very nice dubbing component. The flies here were dubbed with a mix of woodchuck underfur and tan rabbit.
I know some of you have tied and fished this pattern, so feedback would be appreciated. I think I have the wings a bit too long, and I struggled a bit deciding how dense the wings should be. In the end I decided that the a sparse wing would be enough to be suggestive of the natural and possibly give an illusion of movement as light passes through.
Regards,
Mike.
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Re: Chuck Caddis

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Mike,

Those are great looking flies! I like the way you've tied them. The Chuck caddis is a favorite for fast water.

Take some time at the vise...it's good for us all.

Best,

Tim

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Re: Chuck Caddis

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Very nice. I hope they didn't see their shadow...

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Eperous
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Re: Chuck Caddis

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They look mighty fine to me... :D I use to fish this pattern quite a bit years gone-by... it caught plenty of browns and the occasional landlocked salmon for me up in the Adirondacks... in one of his books, I recall Eric Leiser saying something to the fact that woodchuck was the best fly tying material there is... so, there's something to be said about your flies... ;)

Ed

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Re: Chuck Caddis

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Nice fly buddy.
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Mr. Don
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Re: Chuck Caddis

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I think you tied 'em just about right. Nice flies.

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Re: Chuck Caddis

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If you've ever compared the length of caddis fly's wing to the length of it's body, you'll know that you hit it just about right -- not too long at all.

Nice looking flies.
Bob

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Re: Chuck Caddis

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Thanks for the comments all. I'm looking forward to warmer weather and a chance to get them wet!
Mike.

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Re: Chuck Caddis

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This forum is becoming a bad influence in my life. Now I have to tie up a bunch of these Chuck Caddis that I really don't have room for in my boxes. I had just plain forgot how simple yet elegant this pattern is.

thanks (I think) :ugeek:

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Re: Chuck Caddis

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That pattern looks so alive, I can almost see them buzzing on the table top where you took the photo!

I harvested a woodchuck skin in the fall, the poor lumbering mammal crossed paths with a SUV right in front of my driveway. I will certainly put it to use after seeing these. CJ
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