If you do a Google search for “spent partridge caddis,” you’ll find that many different patternsmost with full or trimmed hacklego by this name. This version, tied by author and blogger Matt Grobert, is a no-hackle pattern that features a thorax of bushy hare’s ear dubbing where others put the hackle. The result is a low-riding, subtle imitation.
As usual, this great video from Tightline Productions includes a few tricks of the trade that will improve your tying. The way Grobert attaches the Zelon underwing and “touch dubs” the hare’s ear are particularly ingenious.
Spent Partridge Caddis
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (e.g. TMC 100), sizes 14-16.
Thread: Olive, 6/0.
Abdomen: Ginger Hare Tron Dubbin.
Underwing: Caddis-amber Straight Zelon.
Wing: Hungarian partridge feathers.
Thorax: Hare’s ear dubbing.
Head: Tying thread.
Tools: Dubbing wax.