Steve Schweitzer

Steve has been involved with the Fly Fishing industry in a variety of roles over the years. His background includes:

•  Co-founder of globalflyfisher.com
•  Member, Board of Directors for Whiting Farms
•  Former Sales & Marketing VP for Whiting Farms
•  Contributing author and illustrator for "Drag-Free Drift"
•  Author of LeaderCalc, a hand-tied leader segment calculation tool
•  Former president of the Lee Wulff Chapter of TU

One of these patterns is Steve's famous Tabou Caddis Emerger. Using only three materials, two of them from one feather pelt, the pattern realistically imitates the emergence of a caddis fly.

Tabou Adams Tabou Caddis Emerger
Steps
Tying Instructions
1
Start the thread appx 2 hook eye lengths behind the hook eye and wrap a smooth threadbase to the 1/2 hookshank point.
2
Tie in one Chick-a-Bou® feather at the 1/2 hookshank point with a loose wrap and with the quill pointing towards the hook bend, pull the feather towards the hook bend so that the hackle tips make a wing length of your choice.
3
Wrap as many thread wraps in front of wing to stand the wing up to the angle of your choice. Tie in and cut off excess.
4
Tie in the tail material behind the wing and overwrap a smooth threadbase to above the hook barb. Tail length equals hookshank length.
5
Move the thread to behind the wing and dub a thin tapered body to above the hook barb. Note: Dub the body to the rear and back
6
Tie in a hackle feather in front of the wing and make 2 wraps in front of the wing then make 2 wraps behind the wing, then wrap the hackle to 1 eye length behind the hook eye. Tie in and cut off excess.
7
Whip-finish using a minimum number of wraps.
8
Cut the hackle flat on the bottom of the hookshank so the fly will float lower on the water.
Steps
Tying Instructions
1
Tie the rib material at the 1/3 hookshank point and overwrap a smooth threadbase to above the hook point.
2
Tie in one Chick-a-Bou® feather by the quill with a loose wrap and pull towards the hook eye so that the hackle tips make a short tail. Tie in and do not cut off excess.
3
Twist the Chick-a-Bou® feather like a dubbing rope and wrap forward to just behind the hook eye. Tie in and do not cut off excess.
4
Pull the excess fibers on the top of the hookshank upward and cut off leaving the bottom fibers remaining. These will represent the emerger's legs.
5
Counter-wrap the rib material over the body and through the legs for durability to behind the hook eye. Tie in and cut off excess.
6
At a point 2 hook eye lengths behind the hook eye tie in one Brahma hen soft hackle feather by the quill with three loose thread wraps. The feather should be pointing backwards toward the hook bend.
7
Pull the Brahma hen soft hackle feather towards hook eye so that the tips line up with the end of the body. Tie in and cut off excess.
8
Using the excess fibers cut from Step 4 dub a small head.
9
Whip-finish using a minimum number of wraps.

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