This weeks Fly Frdiay is from PRO Team member Jim Lees, it's the Cased Caddis Bomb...

A Cased Caddis pattern that lets you decide the weight you want to add to it at the riverbank, for the most part for me that means a 2 gram split shot as I only really need it for fishing in a heavy flow of water. It's up to the angler though, you can add and remove whatever you need just by shotting the line at the back of the fly. Adding the weight at this point also makes sure the fly bounces along the bottom with the hook point up.

To create the tag of line to hold the shot take a length of 10lb Line, I use cheap Fluorocarbon with a diameter of 0.3mm, and make a double overhand knot. Tighten the knot and trim leaving a 5mm tag which you then burn with a lighter until the melted tag end meets the knot. From the knot measure down the line 10-15mm depending on the size of shot you expect to use and bend a right angle into the line. Bind this down on top of the hook shank with your tying thread and superglue in place before adding the lead wire or lead foil to the hook shank.

Dressing:

Hook: Partridge of Redditch Sproat Wet G3AY #8
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 12/0 White.
Weight: Lead Wire or two layers of Lead Foil depending on how heavy you want the finished fly. Plus a length of Line to attach shot to at a later time.
Head/Front of Abdomen: Natural latex fixed at the eye and wrapped backwards.
Hackle: Brown Partridge feather tied mostly on the top of the shank.
Body: Dark Hare's Ear or Squirrel dubbing wound on tight, trim any long guard hairs then soak the body with varnish. Make sure you have a dubbed body both sides of the shot line as this will help it stay perpendicular to the hook shank.

Jim Lees

Born, raised and still living near the banks of the river Clyde in Scotland I started my fishing life on one of its tributaries 30 years ago and started tying flies at the same time. With no local fly shops there wasn’t really much choice and as the only anglers I knew all tied their own flies I just assumed if you wanted to fly fish you learned how to tie your own flies.

Early on I developed an interest in the riverside insect life; their life cycles and behaviours. How and when the different species became available to Trout as food. This interest led me away from traditional Clyde flies and on to experimenting with new materials and new fly designs and to this day flies for Trout are Grayling are my primary focus. Flies that are open to tyers of all levels, flies that catch fish.

With the rivers Clyde, Annan and Tweed on my doorstep I have access to some great Trout fishing during some heavy hatches. My first love, and where I spend a lot of my fishing time, is on the many small overgrown tributaries where the casting is tight and the fish are often fussy due to the rich insect life. When I have the choice I’ll always fish dry flies and, while I do enjoy tying and fishing nymphs, when the conditions suit, Streamer fishing comes a close second to the dry fly. Streamer fishing offers a different way of approaching a river, a completely different mindset, and for the last 10 years I’ve enjoyed trying to provoke the Trout’s predator response. My tying reflects those choices.

Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to fish on some fantastic rivers around Britain and Europe and I’m also proud to have been invited to demonstrate fly tying at fly fairs in Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland and around the UK. I’m honoured to join the Partridge pro team and looking forward showing my flies on the best range of hooks on the market.

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