Wire Head: Gold 28 ga. wire two layers 3 over 4. wire run on top of back to bend.
Body: 1/3rd DK#3 apple green, 1/3rd olive GSS, 1/3rd fox squirrel dubbing
Teardrop Wing: light tan hen feather, cut out tip tied tips down then folded back, trim butt.
Collar: fox squirrel dubbing.
A step by step:
|make thread base for wire head tie in wire|
|add drop of super glue then wrap head 3 over 4 turns 2 layers|
run wire down top of hook shank to bend, cover with thread wraps
|dub 1/3 of shank with apple green dubbing|
|add GSS olive dubbing to 1/3rd of hook|
|add fox squirrel dubbing to 1/3rd of hook|
|prep light tan or ginger hen feather as shown|
|tie in feather "V" notch down behind wire head|
|fold feather back to form the "Teardrop Wing"|
|add more fox squirrel dubbing in front of wing|
|turns of dubbing will force wing back and down, cupping body|
~ notice the bright green dubbing shining through the wing ~
|completed Korn's WH Apple Caddis Emerger|
tied and photographed by Doug Korn
I named it a "teardrop wing" because of the shape and hooding effect on the body. In it's finale position it looks like a teardrop... I've never seen this winging technique used on any other fly. Tied in my way, it incorporates the hackle/legs and wing all in one step...
VARIATIONS: I developed the fly for use on the Delaware River here in New York. We have lots of Apple Caddis with these very light tan wings. I also tie them without wire or bead heads and of course you can change the dubbing and wing colors to imitate any other caddis emerger....