Vernille Caddis
Submitted by Elaine Cook

This is one of my "go to" flies. A caddis hatch does not need to be occurring for trout to gobble it up. The larger sizes work well for in the Rocky Mountains, smaller in the Sierras. Fish with a floating line, drag free in moving water.

Hook:TMC 2487, sizes 10 - 16
Thread:Olive or olive dun, 8/0
Body:Orvis Olive Vernille, Ultra Chenille, or
Velvet Chenille Hareline Dubbing Co., small or fine
Underwing:Dun spooled antron, light or dark
Hackle:Dun, light or dark to match underwing
Wing:Light deer hair

1. Crimp barb.
2. Attach thread behind hook eye, wrap to rear with touching wraps to hook point.
3. Take the body material and using a candle, carefully melt the end of the strand by placing it near the base of the flame. Apply Super-Glue to the thread wraps. Place body material on top of shank, melted end extending to above hook point. Tie in place with spiral wraps up to 2 eye lengths behind eye. Cut excess.
4. Cut underwing material to even fibers. Lay on top of body with tips slightly beyond end of body; tie in. Cut excess and tie down butt ends which will end up right behind hook eye. Splay fibers.
5. Select hackle with barbs equal to slightly less that hook gap. Prep feather by removing fuzz and "crew cutting" stem. Tie in between body and eye, tip to rear, dark side toward you. Leave thread hanging behind eye.
6. Cut a matchstick-size bundle of deer hair; clean and stack. Tie in on top of thread wraps tips extending slightly beyond underwing, the 1st wrap around the hair only, then firmly around hair and shank to splay fibers. Stroke butt hairs into bundle over eye. Wrap a thread collar back to body. Advance thread to eye. Make one wrap around bundle of hair, then one around collar. Trim head at an angle. (see illustration)
7. Make hackle wraps toward hook eye. Tie off, cut excess. Tie half-hitch under head, behind hook eye. Apply Super-Glue or Zap-A-Gap to finish.