HANGDOG CADDIS (TIM TRENGROVE)
Hook Size 14-16 Partridge SLD2 Body Tim uses possum, I prefer a hare and snowshoe-hare mix Rib Tying thread Underwing Tip of one bushy CDC feather laid flat over the body Overwing Fine deer hair Thorax Same as body, tied a little bushier
THE HANGDOG CADDIS, tied on a long, fine and degreased tippet, has become the mainstay of my early-morning prospecting. It’s nearly always the first fly on my leader. A simple little pattern, the Hangdog was introduced to me by a friend in New Zealand, Tim Trengrove. Tim uses it along the summer banks of the Tongariro River. Fish it damp or just beneath the surface in the scummy film that tends to develop in the margins. It can be difficult to see, but have faith. Lift if you see a rise and generally you will be rewarded. Easy enough? Not quite. If the Hangdog has the slightest hint of drag you’ll have to look for another fish; you will have shattered that trout’s morning idyll and he will sulk for the rest of the day.