McKenzie Special Caddis with Lagartun Micro Flat Braid

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.

Green McKenzie caddis

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


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One Response to McKenzie Special Caddis with Lagartun Micro Flat Braid

  1. Mrmachinist says:

    Wow, that’s so strange to hear about what the earliest pattern looked like. My 1st exposure as a kid was finding an old metal fly box of my great uncle’s from the same period, late 50’s-early 60’s, but they were all basically similar as today, green chenille body, deer hair wing, I don’t remember if it had grizzly hackle, but recall a deer hair tail,….and they were all heavily chewed up.

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