I've only fished this it once, but it worked really well. I'm looking forward to stalking some big browns on the side of the Madison in a few weeks. After that, I'll give it a go with some high sierra trout too. This little caddis may just take center stage in my dry fly box before you know it.
1. Zelon (or antron) is slippery stuff. Lay down a good thread base on the bare hook to help keep the materials from sliding around.
2. Keep the body of the fly slim. Caddis have really narrow bodies, there's no need to build up a big profile on this fly with your dubbing.
3. Try to position the rubber legs right between elk hair and the dubbing on each side of the fly. This makes for a nice little joint to seat them in.
4. Take your time when trimming the elk hair. Trim the sides to keep the profile slim, and trim the top of the wing flat, just like those flat top haircuts from the 1950's.
5. Tie a dozen of these little guys in a variety of colors and sizes. I have a few in bright colors that I'll be using as an attractor dry fly in the late summer.