One of a popular fly used in the Ozarks is the Elk Hair Caddis.  When I first started tying this fly, I did not use the Yearly Elk Fur and did have some issues.  Since then I purchase Yearling Elk Hair from Spirit River Inc, pictures below.  Note – the hackle on the top of the fly can be trimmed before the Elk Hair is added.



  • Hook: Tiemco TMC200R, or TMC101
  • Hook Size: 12, 14, 16
  • Body: Tan Embroidery Floss
  • Thread: UNI-Thread 8/0, Cream or Tan
  • Tip (Tag): Ultra 70 or UNI-Thread 8/0, Fl. Pink
  • Hackle: Brown-Natural, (White-Bleached)
  • Wings/Head: Yearling Elk Hair – Natural, (Bleached for Lt)

Tying Steps

step-1   step-2

step-3   step-4

step-5   step-6.  natural-yearling-elk-hair

Fishing Instructions: Dead Drift.  Sam Stewart likes to strip back when the fly breaks through the surface and starts to sink a little.

Or watch the Kim Shultz video on Google drive here.

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