Oldredbarn on Mar 5, 2013March 5th, 2013, 11:13 am EST
I just received a catalog from Dillon Montana...Al Troth passed away last August 3rd...The creator of the Elk Hair Caddis, probably rivalling the Adams for world wide fame and his "western" version of the PT Nymph...
The EHC was one of the first flies I ever tied...When I headed west in 95 to fish my boxes were filled with them.
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively
"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
Jmd123 on Mar 6, 2013March 6th, 2013, 10:05 am EST
RIP, Al Troth. The Elkhair Caddis is one of my all-time best flies, not just for trout either. Down in San Marcos, TX the big colorful redbreast sunnies would suck them in just like brookies or browns do. What a wonderful pattern, so easy to tie and make endless variants of.
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Love the Elkhair Caddis, BUT..the only feature of Al's pattern that I couldn't accept was the long hackle that extended well below the gape of the hook. Somebody very knowledgeable regarding Al, and his Elkhair Caddis told me why it was favorable to do so, and I forgot why.