How to Tie: A Deer Hair Caddis

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Davie McPhail ties a Deer Hair Caddis that should be in every anglers fly box during the spring and summer months.

Difficulty: Intermediate

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it is only natural to bring a caddis pattern to light. The next few weeks should produce caddis hatches in many areas in the country, which makes it a wise choice to always carry a wide array of patterns. A Deer Hair Caddis is one dry fly that should always be kept on hand during the spring season. Once trout begin to feed on adult caddis, this fly may just become your best friend on the water.

Working with deer hair can be frustrating of course, but having a stacker and patience will go a long ways. Using peacock hurl as the underbody is undoubtedly a factor to this flies productivity. Although dubbing may be easier to work with and be more durable, nothing can quite match peacock hurl. For a basic Deer Hair Caddis, this fly does implement profile and materials that make it superbly affective.

Fishing this fly as a single dry or pairing it with an emerger dropper during a hatch are both viable options. The season is on and warmer temperatures are beginning to finally reach trout streams around the country. Prolific hatches are on the horizon, and what better way to fish than to target a rising trout. A Deer Hair Caddis will be a great piece to add to your arsenal during this season.


  • Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special Size 12
  • Thread: Uni-8/0 Rusty Brown
  • Rib: Fine Copper Wire
  • Body: Peacock Herl dyed Hot Orange (use the herl from the eye)
  • Wing: Roe Deer or Similar
  • Hackle: Whiting Dry Fly Cree Cock
  • Horns: Barred Woodduck

Now you know how to tie a Deer Hair Caddis!

Video and ingredients courtesy of Davie McPhail.


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