Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tying the Goddard Caddis

drawing of the Goddard Caddis
The Goddard Caddis
One of the most unique fly wing configuration is the clipped deer hair body of the Goddard Caddis, also called the G and H Sedge. It was named after an Englishman John Goddard and his associate Cliff Henry. It was tied to represent an adult caddis, but it can also suggest salmonflies, dobsonflies and alderflies. 

The Goddard Caddis, along with the Irresistible, are a couple of the terrestrial patterns that are tied with similar bodies. They are very high floaters and are effective in riffles and pocket water. To learn how to use the fly fishing technique of "Dapping," see my April 21, 2014, post, "Dapping the Fly."

Materials for tying the Goddard Caddis:
Hook:  94833 Nos. 10-16
Body:  Gray spun deer hair, tamped and clipped
Hackle:  Brown 
Feelers:  Brown stripped hackle stems or paint brush fibers
Thread:  Black 3/0 Monocord

drawing showing the stages of tying the Goddard Caddis
Fly Tying Stages of the Goddard Caddis

Step 1. Cut a bunch of deer hair and square off the tips. Spin the bunch forward and tamp tightly.  

Step 2. Spin a smaller bunch to 3/16 inch of the eye and also tamp it. 

Step 3. Take the fly out of the vice and trim it so that it is wedge-shaped. Put the fly back in the vice and attach the hackles. 

Step 4 One at a time, spin the hackles forward and tie them off. Attach the feelers and complete the head.  

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