Conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold water fisheries and their
Fly of the Month
In the April/May 2015 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine there was an article written
by Charlie Craven about a Jay Zimmerman originated fly called the Clown Shoe. The
article labeled the fly as "a no fail caddis fly". I liked the looks of the fly
and tied up the original Clown Shoe and also several variations. I plan fish them
this season and see if they are "no fail".
To tie the fly start the thread in the middle of the hook and wrap back to the bend
and back to the middle, next tie in the D rib in the middle of the hook with the
flat side facing up and wrap back to the bend then back to the middle of the hook.
Tie off and trim excess material. Next tie in the yearling elk hair in the middle
of the hook and make one wrap behind the hair to raise it up at an angle as shown
in the picture. Tie in a grizzly hackle and on top of the elk hair tie in the MacFly
Dub from the eye of the hook back to where the elk hair and hackle were tied in
and "figure 8" around the indicator. Then dub to the hook eye forming a robust thorax.
Last step is to palmer the hackle to the eye of the hook and whip finish. Cut the
hackle flush on the bottom of the thorax.