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.
However, do not worry. A selection of flies is included in the fly fishing packages we offer. You can also buy flies and materials in our flyshop.