Rena Caddis

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Rena Caddis

Post by Old Hat » Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:13 pm

Came across this pattern recently. New to me. Often called the Rena caddis. Swedish river? It's a dry fly and the original uses hackle not hare. I was really drawn to the ease of tying and generalist look of the pattern. Original has a dubbed body, Antron type material for the wing and hackle tied parachute around the base of the Antron. The Antron post is then forced back like a caddis wing and glued down to hold it there. I saw it as a great emerging caddis pattern. I tied the Antron on extending out over the eye then added English hare to the thorax with a dubbing loop. For the final step, I pulled the Antron back tightly and place a small amount of UV cement to the top of the thorax and it holds great. Clipped the wing to shape. Super easy.
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Re: Rena Caddis

Post by daringduffer » Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:29 pm

Cool Hat, that is a nice version. Rena is a Norwegian river with a good stock of fish. You can see another version here http://www.rakkenes.com/rena-caddis/

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On this same site you find Gunnar Bingen's renowned caddis 'The Animal' aka 'Dyret'.

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Re: Rena Caddis

Post by Old Hat » Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:18 pm

Yeah that's the original design I was looking at. Its very nice...for a dry fly. :D

Joking aside, it really is a very attractive design to me. I am also a big fan of the Dyret. I used to tie them at the shows years ago before the pattern was as well-known in the states as it is today. In fact, I have been tying one of my Dyret variations lately. I tie them on #8's and #10's. I feel it is one of the best functional hopper patterns I've ever fished. Easy to tie and buoyancy is very similar to a natural grasshopper. I keep the full hackle for faster water and trim the bottom hackle on stream for slower flows.
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Re: Rena Caddis

Post by letumgo » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:11 am

Man, those are all very "fishy" patterns (sincere compliment). They all looks super effective.

Thanks for the inspiration guys. ;)
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Re: Rena Caddis

Post by driftless » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:34 am

Old Hat,

Love that hopper design. Been using a parachute hopper for a few years, but I'm planning to tie a bunch of these this year for the hopper hatch. Our hoppers aren't quite so robust as size #10, but #12 & #14 should work!!

Lovely fly!

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Re: Rena Caddis

Post by Old Hat » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:40 am

Glad you are going to try it Paul. It's such an easy hopper pattern. The hardest part is knotting the pheasant tail for legs. But a tier could use whatever makes it easier for the legs. I tie knot the pheasant tail in pairs. I can use one pair on either side for smaller flies. Or if I need larger legs, I just UV cement pairs together at the joints. I usually use six fibers or 3 pairs together for each leg on these.
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Re: Rena Caddis

Post by ronr » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:42 am

carl.. do you do a "how to" of that hopper?
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Re: Rena Caddis

Post by Old Hat » Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:32 pm

I don't have one Ron. It is pretty straight forward.

Tie in the hair on top of the hook. Helps to not trim the head until the very last step in order to lift it and tie off underneath.

Tie in the hackle at tail.

Dub forward to the where the legs are to be. Keep dubbing bulky.

Tie in the legs.

Continue dubbing to the front.

Wrap the hackle forward burying it into the bulky dubbing.

Tie off.
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Re: Rena Caddis

Post by ronr » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:34 am

thanks Carl... the obvious seemed just too simple for my simple mind to grasp...
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