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McPhail's Elk Hair Sedge
McPhail's Elk Hair Sedge
Caddis dry fly with a lot of action
Published by Kerry Pitt
10-17-2010
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MacPhail's Elk Hair Sedge
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Type of pattern caddis ( sedge ) dry fly
Originator of pattern if known Davie McPhail from Scotland
Tied and Submitted by Kerry Pitt
Level of tying experience needed to tie this pattern Intermediate, a little more complicated pattern, previous experience tying different types of patterns helpful
Materials listed in order of tie in:
Hook Dry fly
Thread Bright orange
Tail None
Egg sac Fat ball of olive dubbing at end of shank. Frog Hair UV dubbing used by Davie
Body hackle Ginger saddle, barbs equal to or a bit longer than Width of hook gap and palmered over dubbed body in 4-6 turns. (Note: McPhail constructs this fly a little differently in terms of how the hackle is used. To select an appropriate feather, place the stem of the feather perpendicular to the shank on top of the middle of the hook. With the stem in the middle of the shank, the barbs should be long enough to extend just over the eye of the hook and beyond the bend. (The barb length on each side of the feather is a bit over 1/2 the hook length). After the abdomen is dubbed, palmer down shank 4-6 turns, tie off, clip excess, and stroke wound hackle up and back so it is all level or above shank. This lets the fly sit flat on top of the surface
Abdomen Your choice of fine dubbing, about half as thick as the egg sack. Frog Hair UV dubbing
Underwing 2 Cul De Canard (CDC) feathers tied in flat, on top of each other, concave side down.
Wing Bleached elk hair
Legs Centipede legs yellow and white used here. 2 bands tied in the middle on each side of the fly. Trim rearward facing legs to length equal to end of bend. Trim forward facing legs to length of rear legs.
Thorax Dubbing, same color as abdomen. Dub directly over the wing and rubber leg tie down.
Head Elk Hair Caddis style, with clipped butts of wing. Tie off and whip under the elk hair head.
Special tying notes McPhail constructs this fly a little differently in terms of how the hackle is used. For his method, to select an appropriate feather, place the stem of the feather perpendicular to the shank on top of the middle of the hook. With the stem in the middle of the shank, the barbs should be long enough to extend just over the eye of the hook and beyond the bend. (The barb length on each side of the feather is a bit over 1/2 the hook length). After the abdomen is dubbed, palmer down shank 4-6 turns, tie off, clip excess, and stroke wound hackle up and back so it is all level or above shank. This lets the fly sit flat on top of the surface
Target species Trout
Fishing notes Dead drift dry fly presentation or twitch on surface
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By futuramille on 10-17-2010, 10:34 PM
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How effective is this fly? (1 low, 10 high)
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8
How good is the tying?
100%100%100%
10
Good photograph?
80%80%80%
8
Average 87%
Default Re: McPhail's Elk Hair Sedge

Great fly, I got one in a swap from Kerry. Netted 6 trout (rainbow and brown) with it through the early summer when the golden stones were hatching. Well tied fly and still in great shape, quite fishable.

Thanks Kerry!!
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