Back in the Saddle, tying flies...

Hi folks, I've been "tied up" with my knee surgery and some other health issues as-well-as the Holidays.   Needless to say I've fallen behind on my fly tying... But now I'm back up and at them.

Today I'm tying up a bunch of my favorite fly - the "Korn's Spent-wing Caddis".

You can check out my YouTube video titled; "Korn's Spruce Moth".  The Spent-wing is tied using the same methods with just slightly different materials.  See my list of materials and tying instructions below.  The thing to remember is, caddis flies have a narrow wing profile, where the spruce moth's wings are wider.

Korn's Spent-wing Caddis, tan version. 

Tied with narrow hen pheasant feathers producing the perfect profile in the water.

Hook: MFCo. #7000 Dry 14-18
Thread: Serafil 200  
Rib: tag end of thread 
Abdomen: DK Tan dubbing
Palmered hackle: ginger rooster neck.
Wing: 2 hen pheasant wing or neck feathers

1. Start thread at eye, wrap thread base to bend of hook, leave tag end for rib.
2. Dub thread, form tight dubbing noodle, wind forward to form body.
3. Tie in hackle 1 eye length behind eye, palmer front to back.  
4. Trap hackle at bend with the tag end of the thread, wrap through hackle and tie off at eye, clip hackle short on top..
5. Prepare 2 pheasant wing or neck feathers, tied in flat one on top of the other, 1 gap length longer than hook, tied behind eye then folded over to form head and wrapped and whip finished. Varnish head, clipped “^” out of center, bottom hackle.


  1. Nice to see you back on the blogging trail. Good luck rehabbing the knee.

  2. Good to see you back tying Doug!

  3. Doug.

    That looks a cracking fly, thanks for sharing. I'm following.

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