Carpet Yarn Caddis

Extended bodies flies are patterns where the insect’s abdomen is completely or partly separated from the hook shank. Traditionally, the hook shank is used as the core for the insects imitations abdomen and thorax. This is not the case with extended body flies. On these, only the thorax and / or the wing-case are wound around and onto the hook-shank. The positive arguments for extended body flies are strong.

Firstly, you are not limited by the hooks size and shape. Secondly, the extended bodies have a more realistic appearance as they are not as stiff as abdomen constructed directly on the hook shank. Finally, they also float very well, which enables one to use heavier and stronger hooks. Once one has understood the basic concepts, they are quick and easy to tie.

There are quite a few techniques for extended bodies. In this book we’ll look at the three most common methods and materials.

  • furled yarn body – used in the Carpet Yarn Caddis
  • foam body – used in the CDC Mohican Mayfly
  • polychenille body – used in the Daddy Longlegs pattern in the Terrestrial insects Section

Carpet Yarn Caddis

I went through my notes of the last years and the clear winner was this little bugger. Yeah, one should only believe the stats you doctored yourself of course. Anyway, it worked wherever I fished it – New Zealand or Norway and other countries.

I am not really sure what it represents. The overall look is screaming “caddis pupa”, but it worked in very different hatches too. Heck, I even fished with it when trout were feeding on Manuka beetles.

The tie is a bit more complex and not so easy to get right, but give it a go. The difficulty lies in the amount of tension one has to apply to the thread.

The material for the “wing-case” is floating Antron yarn. The other materials needed are CDC and carpet yarn … hence the name.

Hook: Czech Nymph hook size 14 

Thread: Dyneema 55 

Body: Carpet yarn

Wingcase: Antron yarn

Hackle: CDC Hackle brush

Fly Tying at Skålestrømmen

Fly tying classes are part of the inclusive packages we offer at Skålestrømmen. You can learn to make these all these flies yourself. Tying materials and tools will be supplied if cannot bring your own.

The fly shown works very well in Skålestrømmen (and around the world). There are of course many other, mostly more complicated types of flies that also work, but we like it simple and efficient.

This fly and video are part of “Fly Tying – Modern Classics for Trout and Grayling – by Thomas Züllich” Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich is a digital book available on the apple bookstore and also via the Skålestrømmen online store. You can order and download a pdf version, which you can use in conjunction with the instructional videos on YouTube.

The book includes 90 minutes of video, over 100 pages of text and a many interactive graphics. The beauty is that you can read and learn about fly tying techniques at your own pace and then use the videos on your computer.

The intention is to make the fly angler understand and fabricate effective trout flies and also being able to improve and simplify the flies he’s been tying so far. The approach is to use old techniques and take them further to modern flies. While the reader can learn semi realistic nymphs and extended body flies, as well as patterns just based on one or two materials.

Staying true to his German craftsman roots, the author approaches fly tying in very efficient way. Thomas Züllich is a well respected fly tier known for his engaging and fresh approach.

The book features crisp interactive graphic content, videos and over 100 pages of informative and entertaining text. The book’s glossary explains over 100 fly fishing specific terms. To even learn more and discuss the fly patterns in the book the author maintains a facebook group. –

ALSO AVAILABLE AS IBOOK The book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.

THIS MATERIAL IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT. Excerpt From Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich available on Apple iBooks
THIS MATERIAL IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT. Excerpt From Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich available on Apple iBooks