The first McKenzie Special Caddis I saw was when I met Prince Helfrich while fishing the Metolius River in the early 1960s. The pattern Prince fished had a muskrat grey body, brown hackle, and squirrel tail wing. You will see many variations on this fly today and my own preferences shift from season to season. This fly features a tag of Fl Chartreuse Lagartun Micro Braid. Fish this fly with a lot of movement and action to mimic the active swimming of the natural caddis as it swims to the surface to emerge.
Hook TMC 3761 #10
Thread Lagartun 94D or Veevus 10/0
Tag – Chartreuse Lagartun Micro Flat Braid
Body – Whitlock SLF green & grey mixed
Rib – Lagartun wire
Hackle – Brown, Grizzly as you choose
Wing – Nature’s Spirit Humpy Deer Hair