Another Pat Dorsey fly from his book, Tying & Fishing Tailwater Flies, called the Buckskin.  Seeing how I have a lot of Chamois Strips, this was a fly that I wanted to tie and try.  To me, it looks like a maggot with tail.  Pat said it imitates caddis larvae.  In his recipe, Pat calls out Brown hen hackle but I am using the hackle from pheasant feathers.  On the head, I used UV Resin.  Pat also ties two variations off this pattern, a Bead-Head Buckskin and a Mercury Buckskin which I will show at the end of the tying steps.  These two variations uses a different hook, Tiemco TMC2487, I used the TMC2499BL.  The Bead-Head Buckskin used a gold brass bead with not tail and the Mercury Buckskin used a glass silver lined bead (Killer Caddis Bead) and the thorax is peacock herl.


  • Hook: Tiemco TMC100, or TMC101
  • Hook Size: 16, 18, 20
  • Body: Chamois Strip
  • Thread: UNI-Thread 8/0, Black
  • Hackle: Brown

Tying Steps

Fishing instructions – Dead drift with strike indicator and use another fly as a dropper off the Buckskin.