Fly Tying: Mr. Pink Caddis

Started using this pattern over twenty years ago, when a client from the San Francisco Bay area brought a few that he had tied. As a beginning fly tier, his assortment of materials was limited and he only had pink poly for the shuck and back.

Thus, the fly was called "Mr. Pink" to distinguish it from the normal Elk Hair Caddis. Over the years, the exact color of the shuck was found not to be critical, but among ourselves, we still remember the style as Mr. Pink.

Aside from the shuck, the critical step in tying this fly is to have the bottom of the wing in the top 1/3 or higher of the body. This will insure the body sets in the film.


  • Hook: 12-16 dry fly
  • Shuck: polypropylene yarn
  • Wing: elk hair
  • Body: fine poly dubbing
  • Thread:size 70 color of body
  • Tied by Rick Pasquale from the Great Falls North 40 Fly Shop
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I fly fish to live (25+ years guiding). I live to fly fish (obsession). At the age of two, I captured my first Bluegill in Southern Michigan. Since then, I have never stopped looking into waters for fish. My first wild trout came from the waters of Glacier NP a few years later. I spent much of my youth chasing fish in Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and throughout central Canada. I went to Alaska in 1989, where I met my wife, started a family and spent 26 seasons guiding anglers. Great Falls and the North 40 Fly Shop are now home base. Stop by and lets talk fish, bear encounters or even my experience with Bigfoot.
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