A quick-sinking, box-filler, this jig is a versatile little fish-fooler. Whether it is tied with a hot colored head or with muted earth tones, this is an effective addition to a tight-line nymph rig or a dropper under a dry.
This baitfish pattern provides a perfect jumping-off point for tyers wanting to build their arsenal for either warm-water or saltwater, as it uses a few common materials, isn't particular on color, and doesn't require complicated techniques.
If you’re grading on effectiveness, simplicity, and adaptability, the Elk Hair Caddis scores an 11. Tied with just a few materials, it can be dressed up in countless ways to match specific caddis hatches.
Scuds are an important food source for trout. Whether you want to add a hot spot (as demonstrated here) or try and match what you're finding in your local waters, you'll be able to use this basic pattern as a jumping off point.