Updated: Aug 18
The E/C Caddis was designed and introduced by Ralph Cutter in the early 1980s. He designed it to imitate an emergent/crippled caddis, hence the name, for the Truckee River. He utilized the elk hair wing as a post for wrapping a parachute hackle which makes the fly ride deeper in the surface film. Today Ralph's E/C Caddis has a world wide reputation for being an excellent caddis pattern. Tie one and try it out for yourself. Tight Lines.
Hook: Ahrex Hooks FW 501, sz 14
Thread: Danville 6/0, Brown
Shuck: Z-lon or antron
Abdomen: Cinnamon superfine dubbing
Thorax: Tan superfine dubbing
Wing: Select Cow Elk
Hackle: Barred Dark Ginger saddle or cape
1. Lay a thread base on the hook covering about 2/3 of the shank.
2. Tie in a few strands of antron for the shuck wrapping back to the bend. Tie of the antron, about one hook shank in length.
3. Take some Cinnamon colored superfine dubbing, dub the thread and form a tapered body forward to about 2/3 of the hook shank.
4. Now grab some more superfine dubbing in the color tan and form a slightly bigger thorax. Make sure to leave room to tie in the elk hair.
5. Prepare a rooster hackle by stripping the lower fibers.
6. Tie in the hackle with the inside facing up. This will help you when wrapping the hackle later on. We want the fibers to point upwards when winding it around the elk hair post.
7. Cut a small bunch of elk hair, clean it and place it in the hair-stacker to align the tips.
8. Take the elk hair tips and measure it against the hook shank. We want the wing to be about the length of the hook shank.
9. Hold the elk hair with your left hand while wrapping two loose wraps around the hair, then tighten by pulling towards you. Now push the hair tight with 5-6 wraps to anchor the wing.
10. It should look like this when done.
11. Go through the elk hair on your way forward to the hook eye. By doing it this way we secure the elk hair even more.
12. Wrap 3-4 hackle turns around both the elk hair tips and butts like it's a parachute post. Make sure you wind each turn of hackle under the previous turn. Secure the hackle with a couple wraps of tying thread by the eye of the hook.
13. Whip-finish and tie of the thread. Add a drop of superglue to secure the fly.
14. Now all that's left is to tie off the elk hair like shown and your E/C Caddis is finished.
15. Top view of the fly.