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    The famous fly fisherman and author, Charlie Brooks, created a pattern called the Skunk Hair Caddis.

    I did some searching (perhaps too hasty on YouTube) but could not find any demonstrations of this patter.

    Even general Internet Searches was not entirely helpful.

    I did find a recipe for the pattern though, as follows:



    SKUNK HAIR CADDIS
    Tail: none
    Body: black or blackish brown skunk hair, with the black
    portion being at least 4" long
    Rib: copper wire
    Hackle: black short and soft
    Thread: black 2/0 nylon
    Hook: #6 to 10, 2x long

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    This is a very simple pattern entirely in black / (some brown).

    I am just wondering if anyone has experience with tying something of a variation with substituted materials/dubbing, etc.

    I did find Skunk Hair but it wasn't so easy. The closest shop had none.

    The second shop was run by a nice fellow who searched in his basement storage and finally dug up 2 pkgs of Skunk Hair that was about 40% Black, 20% Brown, and 40% White, and I cannot really use the white but I could dye it.

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    At one time I collected many kinds of road-kill for tying... including a skunk.
    It didn't stink when I collected it, but skinning the dam thing was a different story
    I still have the pelt but it wasn't worth the aggravation
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Last edited by flytire; 04-15-2013 at 05:06 PM.
    Poor quality materials and tools are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.

    Norm

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    The pattern is cased caddis imitation. Tying instructions are on pg. 164 of Charlie Brooks, Nymph Fishing for Larger Trout.
    Regards,

    Silver



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    Flytire:

    I got into page 30 of your google search link before I rested the researches.

    It was very helpful. I found at least 2 more patterns of great interest and another recipe for the Skunk Hair Pattern.

    It was a joy to tie the first one. It turns out, that for a Size 8 on a TMC 5263
    That the Skunk Hair does not have to be 4" long. I got by with less and it wrapped neatly to right up behind the head point.

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    I have a feeling that the skunk hair caddis imitates a Petronarcys stonefly nymph, on a 3X long size 8 hook. I suspected that when I originally read Nymph Fishing for Larger Trout. I've never seen any caddis close to that size on the Madison River.

    It would outstanding to catch a fish with one on the Madison River as a toast to Charlie Brooks.
    Regards,

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    "I have a feeling that the skunk hair caddis imitates a Petronarcys stonefly nymph, on a 3X long size 8 hook. I suspected that when I originally read Nymph Fishing for Larger Trout. I've never seen any caddis close to that size on the Madison River.

    It would outstanding to catch a fish with one on the Madison River as a toast to Charlie Brooks."-----SilverCreek


    Ha ha. SiverCreek, indeed; that is exactly what I have been thinking, since I started reading "Nymph Fishing for Larger Trout" of which Charlie Brooks is the author as you noted yesterday.

    Ever since learning about Charlie Brooks in my reading of the Dave Hughes books, I have been impressed by the way that Charlie Brooks used patterns that transitioned from simply Caddis imitations, into Stonefly imitations.

    General researches into the thinking of Charlie Brooks has lead me to some very interesting patterns. I've even bought about 5 patterns in the fly shops just to work from the various Stonefly examples in my own tying. I bought a few more just to fish with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    At one time I collected many kinds of road-kill for tying... including a skunk.
    It didn't stink when I collected it, but skinning the dam thing was a different story
    I still have the pelt but it wasn't worth the aggravation
    Riptide's dedication to flytying is now unquestioned!

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    Update:

    I wanted to figure an alternative material to the expensive Skunk Hair for this patter.

    #1 I made up a Dubbing from Dark Brown Felt Roving, mixed with Black
    "Gilt Eyelash". These look just fine and very very close to the original.

    Equally good is...

    #2 Gary LaFontaine's Private Lavel Antron Sparkle Yarn in Brown

    Once the copper wire is wrapped on either material, it looks just like the other fly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyfisher for men View Post
    Riptide's dedication to flytying is now unquestioned!
    Actually it's more like my life-long dedication to being a tightwad.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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