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Mercer's missing link caddis?
Feb 10th, 2010, 3:27pm
 
Has anyone tried to tie this thing yet?  If so, what colors and sizes would you do it in for the Kern? It is featured in the current Fly Fisherman magazine and there is a picture of it on the Fly Shop site from Redding.  
Looks like it could work here.
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Re: Mercer's missing link caddis?
Reply #1 - Feb 10th, 2010, 6:25pm
 
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Reply #2 - Feb 10th, 2010, 7:21pm
 
Cool fly.  Some variation of brown or reddish brown would be my first choice.
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Reply #3 - Feb 10th, 2010, 7:41pm
 
Raider had mentioned in class about tan bodies for caddis on the Kern but we didn't talk about size or what shade of elk hair to use around here?  
Any thoughts?
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Reply #4 - Feb 10th, 2010, 9:36pm
 
I've had success with the X-Caddis, which had ginger Z-Lon shuck, orange dub body, and natural deer hair.  It worked really good in Sept and Oct with a soft hackle dropper.
 
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Reply #5 - Feb 11th, 2010, 10:19am
 
It looks like a variation of Ralph Cutter's E/C Caddis(smoking hot fly). The olive/brown and grey patterns work great all season and I tie a #10 or #12 in yellow for the sallies and large orange for the fall like Brad mentioned. I have a problem with tyers changing only small aspects of design and calling it their own. Sales and marketing at it's worst in my opinion.
http://stevenojai.tripod.com/eccaddis.htm  
 
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Reply #6 - Feb 11th, 2010, 2:02pm
 
Wow, that is almost the same concept with the parachute around the elk hair wing and butts. Thanks for the link and some more ideas kicking around in my head.  
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Reply #7 - Feb 21st, 2010, 5:48pm
 
Quote from clouserfreak on Feb 11th, 2010, 10:19am:
It looks like a variation of Ralph Cutter's E/C Caddis(smoking hot fly). I have a problem with tyers changing only small aspects of design and calling it their own. Sales and marketing at it's worst in my opinion.

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As I pull my foot out of my mouth embarrassed again, I need to comment further after actually reading the article. Although there have been spent caddis patterns in the past( Sheralee(?) Lawson's Spent Partridge Caddis), none have incorporated Ralph Cutter's parachute design. When I first saw the pattern I thought that the sparkle was representing the shuck(sparkle pupa) instead of the intended spent wing profile and also read that he gave credit to master tier Ralph Cutter for the wing/hackle design.  
 
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Reply #8 - Feb 23rd, 2010, 10:21am
 
Wayne:  I tie my E/C Caddis using TMC 108spbl hooks.  This hook forces the shuck and abdomen to hang below the surface and allows the wing will lay back in a normal position.  I found that the hackle when wrapped around the wing and butts on the original pattern, pushed the wing almost straight up.  It also created lots of bulk in the thorax area.  
 
Good luck at the vise.  Cyberfish
 
 

 
E/C Caddis tied with TMC 108spbl hook
 
 

 
Same fly tied as a standard parachute pattern.
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Reply #9 - Feb 23rd, 2010, 11:41am
 
wow cyberfish..those are great lookin flies.when is the best time of year to fish those?
 
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Reply #10 - Feb 23rd, 2010, 4:16pm
 
The E/C is just another caddis fly utilized whenever caddis are coming off.
 
Try and have several colors (tan, gray, olive) available to best match the naturals on site.
 
Also use larger flies, 14-16 in the spring and early summer with smaller flies, 16-18 in late summer and fall.
 
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Reply #11 - Feb 23rd, 2010, 5:32pm
 
Thanks for the info.. will have to tie some very soon!!
 
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Reply #12 - Feb 27th, 2010, 12:19pm
 
Mike Mercer is one of my favorite masters of fly tying.I got his book Creative fly tying at one of the pasadena fly shows,the one when Guy had his presentation on the Kern and Video 1.I had a chance to meet him and have him sign my-his book.I have'nt had a subscribetion to flyfisherman in 2 years but happen to pick up lates issue at Bps only to see a new Mercer pattern.I just wish they gave credit too Eric Otzinger hot creek caddis also very similar to the missing link and e/c caddis.and the hook in the recipe I do not have tmc 102y?I tyed some on a offset scud hook 2457 and some on standard 100 dry hook.Can't wait to try them soon.I'll try and post pictures of them.Tim
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