I was tying this fly at The Fly Fishing Show and it got lots of attention for dry fly guys. Folks who love to sigh fish, hunt down those trout that no one else sees and is just waiting for a dead caddis to come over their big nose. I could always tell when a dry fly angler walked by… Stopping and squinting at my vice and then taking a second to think… Probably thinking about the one that got away. Before I said anything I gave them a second, just like a hook set on a big brown inches from the bank, and then asked if they liked to fish dry flies? Yes…
So here you go! The bed Head Caddis. The bed head caddis came from a need to keep things simple but give a twist on the classic CDC Caddis. Why would I ever want to change the CDC Caddis? No need but as a tier I always feel the need to make things way more complicated than they need to be. Also I had about 5 bags of Hare’s Ear Dubbing that I either need to throw away or start using. What better than some Rabbit guard hares and underfur to get those bubbles and bugginess I’ve been looking for? Throw on a CDC wing just because and finally… Take all the trimmings of cdc feathers and puffs of Hare’s Ear dubbing on the tying desk and throw them in a dubbing loop for the “Bed Head”. Boom… The Bed Head Caddis!
The Bed Head Caddis is a really straight forward fly to tie but there are a few things to keep in mind when tying…
1-Dubbing Loops – Practice them a lot. Keep them small and use dubbing wax on one leg to keep your materials in the loop. Also keep your lops small so you can manage them easily with your fingers and bodkin.
2- Veevus 10/0 is awesome for trout style dubbing loops. You can twist them up nice and tight but don’t go overboard on the tension. 10/0 will take a bunch of tension and 8/0 will take even more. Just another reason to use Veevus tying threads!
3- Experiment with different materials in your dubbing loops as it adds another layer of fun and something extra to the fly. Clippings on the tying table? Throw them in there!
4-Get an OPST Dubbing twister, it’s well worth the money and is an amazing tool.