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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Egan's GTI Caddis

Another Winner From Lance

Egan's GTI Caddis
A couple of years ago, Cheech and I were fishing a back woods river with some fairly finicky Brown Trout. This day it seemed the fish were neither interested in dry flies nor streamers, so I ended up switching over to a tight line or Euro style nymphing method.  I went through a few patterns with not much luck and Cheech tossed me a caddis pattern to try out. My first cast into the next hole brought up a nice fish. A few casts later and I was tight into another. When all was said and done, this little pattern had turned my day around. It wasn't until a few days later when I wanted to tie a few of my own that I really paid attention to what he said the pattern was. Turns out I wasn't surprised when I found out this was another killer Lance Egan pattern.

For those who don't know Lance, he's a super fishy dude that has some secret pact with the devil in exchange for wooing fish into his control and subsequently his net. Besides being a successful competition fisherman (Team USA etc), he's a great fly tyer to boot as well as a friend of ours, so I made sure he was cool with running the pattern here. Now, I'll be honest, I've since come up with some variations, including some whacky dubbing substitutions, but I wanted to stay as true to Lance's real-deal version on this, so you're getting about as close as I can come to that. The only exception here would be my use of a Partridge Czech nymph as opposed to Lance's standard Hanak 300 series Czech nymph hook. Beyond that, this is true to Lance's intended design.

I tie them in this color scheme here as well as a darker olive, brown, neon green and a cinnamon body too. The fish pictured here took the cinnamon toned version.
GTI Caddis Brown Trout
Brown trout on a GTI Caddis

 You can vary the bead and lead-free wire to make it sink faster or slower. I also go with a slimmer version and smaller bead and hook so I can drop it behind dry flies as well. Otherwise, most any nymphing rig will treat this fly well.

So we'll throw out a couple of similar versions, with Lance's listed first. His version is also the one featured in the video tutorial shown below.

Material List:

Hook: Hanak 300 #10 - #16 (I used a Partridge Czech Nymph hook in #10)  (BUY HERE)
Thread; UTC 70 Denier, Olive  (BUY HERE)
Bead: 3.3 mm Tungsten, Gold   (BUY HERE)
Weight: .015" Lead Free Wire   (BUY HERE)
Tail: Peacock Herl   (BUY HERE)
Rib #1: Krystal Flash, Olive   (BUY HERE)
Rib #2: 5X Tippet mono-filament material
Abdomen: Hare-Tron Dubbin, Olive  (BUY HERE)
Thorax: Az Synthetic Dubbing, Peacock  (BUY HERE)
Back: Scud Back, 1/8", Summer Duck  (BUY HERE)

Cinnamon Variation (pictured in mouth above):

Hook: Hanak 300 #10 - #16 (I used a Partridge Czech Nymph hook in #10)  (BUY HERE)
ThreadUTC 70 Denier, Rusty Brown (BUY HERE)
Bead3.3 mm Tungsten, Gold   (BUY HERE)
Weight.015" Lead Free Wire   (BUY HERE)
TailPeacock Herl   (BUY HERE)
Rib #1Krystal Flash, Bonefish Pink   (BUY HERE)
Rib #2: 5X Tippet mono-filament material
AbdomenHare-Tron Dubbin, Cinnamon Caddis  (BUY HERE)
ThoraxAz Synthetic Dubbing, Pheasant Tail  (BUY HERE)
BackScud Back, 1/8", Summer Duck  (BUY HERE)


  1. "SS" (Super Sick) #SS....the scud back is a material I have not heard of before which shows my hard as I try not to be the "Recipe Guy" I cant help but want the exact materials.....looks like another order is in order lol

  2. The simplicity and effectiveness of this pattern adds so much to its value for anybody looking for a down and dirty pattern. Great piece as always Curtis.

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  4. What is the advantage of tying the scud back in last behind the bead vs tying it in by the tail?