[Video] Mother’s Day Caddis by Craig Mathews

Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies demonstrates how to tie a hackled Iris Caddis for the ever popular Mother’s Day Caddis hatch. This pattern works great in heavy water, as an attractor and in dry-dropper rigs because it floats so well. Craig’s tip of winding the peacock herl around the thread is a good one, as it helps reinforce the peacock herl and makes for a more durable fly.

Material List

Hook: Tiemco 100, Size 14-16
Thread: UTC 70
Body: Peacock Herl
Wing: Widow’s Web by Montana Fly Co.
Shuck: Z-lon, Caddis Gold (color)
Thorax: Ice Dub, Pheasant Tail or light olive (color)
Hackle: Saddle Hackle, dyed dark olive


About the Author Ken Sperry

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and find new places to fish. He created DIY Fly Fishing to help you do the same.

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ParksFlyShop says

View my channel to see the original Coachman version (Clacka Caddis), which we use primarily as a summer attractor.

We also tie it them in lime and purple as attractors (with flashy high-contrast head dubbing) and in tan, olive, White Miller, and amber with more natural head dubbing. I have switched to using barbless hooks exclusively on this pattern to prevent the hooks from catching in the wings of other flies (and also so it’s impossible to forget to smash the barb on-stream).