MADSEN'S HATCHING CADDIS
Earl Madsen (1895-1964) created this pattern. Earl was a river guide, a fly tyer, and builder of Au Sable River Boats in Grayling, Michigan. He created many famous patterns during his lifetime including the Au Sable Skunk, the Madsen’s Barber Pole, The Madsen’s Hex Spinner and the pattern I present to you today, Madsen’s Hatching Caddis, which was probably created between 1920 and 1930.
- Hook: Mustad #9672 Size: 6-8
- Thread: Yellow 3/0
- Tail: Pheasant Tail Fibers
- Body: Brown Deer Hair
- Wing: White Deer Body Hair
- Hackle: Brown
Tie in a good base of Yellow, 6/0
Tie in your Pheasant Tail Fibers,
then run your thread forward.
Tie in your wing post of White
Deer Body Hair.
Tie in the Brown Deer Hair, tied
parallel to the shank of the hook,
flared at the tail. Keep the body
Wrap your hackle (one to two sizes
over-size). Tie off and be generous
with cement both on the head and tail
areas of the fly.
Mr. Earl Madsen has been credited as being the first tyer to tie deer hair parallel to the shank of the hook as well as the first tyer to ever use rubber legs on a fly pattern. He was also been acknowledged as the first commercial tyer in Grayling, Michigan.
This is a great general pattern to use when there are any brown drakes or other similar colored insects on the water. Try using size 6 at night and 8 during the day.
See you on the water…..
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