Dark Cahill Wet with Hidden Bead: Spring trout searching pattern for McKenzie, Willamette

The Dark Cahill wet fly with hidden bead is an excellent searching pattern on the McKenzie and Willamette rivers in the spring time. The body of this fly is made of Uni-yarn, an interesting alternative for folks who have a hard time making nice tapered bodies with traditional dubbing.

Hidden Bead Cahil

Dark Cahill wet with hidden bead
Hook: TMC 3761 #8-16
Bead: 1/8 Tungsten Gold Bead
Thread: 8/0 Black
Tail: India Hen Back Natural
Body: Uni yarn, gray
Rib: Copper Wire
Hackle: India Hen Back Natural
Wing: Lemon Wood Duck

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6 Responses to Dark Cahill Wet with Hidden Bead: Spring trout searching pattern for McKenzie, Willamette

  1. Zach VanDeHey says:

    Thanks for a great video! Is this also a good searching pattern on other rivers? Like the North Umpqua for trout?

  2. John Bakken says:

    You should wear the same color shirt for each video. Just for the sake of visibility. Not the gray one in this video. I am old and my vision is fading.

  3. nimrod243 says:

    Great video. I’d like to try some of these flies this spring! It will be here before we know it.

  4. Jamison Lowe says:

    Forgive my ignorance but what does “searching pattern” mean?

  5. Fishkamp says:

    Jamison,
    Searching patterns are usually used when there is no really exact hatch to match. They tend to be flies that imitate several types of bugs at once. A Parachute Adams is a great example of a searching pattern. It is not really any one bug—it just looks buggy and hopefully yummy to the fish.

  6. D.L. says:

    Great job, this is one of the few “bead” pattern flies I’m interested in tying and fishing!

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