Conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold water fisheries and their
Fly of the Month
Coachman Clacka Caddis
Walter Wiese of Park’s Fly Shop in Gardiner, MT developed this fly out of need. The
Coachman Trude had always been their top fly when drifting the Yellowstone River.
One year they faced a shortage of these time consuming to tie flies and had to come
up with a substitute that was quick to tie and also effective. Walter morphed two
flies the Coachman Trude and the Iris Caddis into a single pattern. The speed at
which he was able to crank out the flies (several dozen each night) was able to keep
pace with his clients needs and it actually out fished the Trude. It has become one
of their go to flies. Those of you who like fishing attractors should give it a try.
Walter has since come up with several more Clacka Caddis versions including several
to imitate caddis hatches. To see these patterns I suggest getting Walter’s excellent
book The Fly Patterns of Park’s Fly Shop. To obtain a copy contact Walter at www.parksflyshop.com.
To see Walter tie this fly go to his channel on You Tube. www.youtube/user/ParksFlyShop
Hook : Standard dry fly; #12 - #16
Thread : 8/0 Dark brown
Tail : Caddis gold zelon
Abdomen : 2-4 strands of peacock herl
Wing : White widow’s web tied in a loop
Thorax : Chocolate brown; palmered through the thorax, trim the bottom