Jay Nicholas shows how to tie yet another locally effective trout fly on a tube – this time a McKenzie Special Caddis. This is a fly that has been fished in the Willamette Valley for many decades in one form or another, and is one that will often take the largest wild trout on the surface.
Incidentally, we think that this fly or this style of fly could be fished in BC Lakes for big Kamloops trout when giant sedges are hatching after ice-out. Think about a Carey Special tied on a tube too. Hummmm, maybe we will give that one a try soon.
Given that this is an experiment, we think that this tube caddis should float nicely, be fairly durable and catch a bundle of big trout when we catch the hatch this year. June is a great time to fish this hatch, and it usually starts in may so get ready whatever fly style you choose to fish.
Be ready to see the wonders of an October caddis tube trout fly shortly, as well as a green McKenzie caddis emerger too.
Our adventures tying tube trout flies is just beginning, and we are going to enter the bass pike and musky world shortly so hang on folks.
Key materials of this McKenzie Special Tube Trout fly are noted as follows:
Thread – Veevus 10/0 black
Hook – Daiichi Short Shank Straight Eye D1640 #8/10/12
Mandrel – Small Pro Sportfisher Flexi Needle
Tube – Small Classic Pro Sportfisher Tube, black or clear
Rib – red small Ultra wire
Body – Greenish Gray dubbing blend McKenzie Caddis Green
Prosportfisher Hook Guide, green, small size
Wing – Deer Hair
Head – same as body but black may be substituted
Rear Hackle – very narrow grizzly, trimmed off bottom of fly
Head Hackle – slightly wider grizzly hackle