Compton’s Peeking Caddis Material List:
Hook: Hanak 400BL Jig Classic #12-16 (Any jig or nymph hook of your preference would work.)
Bead: Copper Slotted Tungsten 7/64 (Match bead size to hook size.)
Lead Wire: 8 wraps of 0.15
Thread: Dark Brown Giorgio Benecchi 12/0
Rear Hot Spot: Glo-Brite Fuorescent Floss Lime Green #12 (Coated with Loon UV Flow or equivalent resin.)
Body: Jack Mickievicz Red Fox Squirrel, Antron, and Orange Flash Blend Dubbing
As I state before I introduce any of Kevin Compton’s patterns…
As per usual, there are never ending lessons to be learned about fly fishing that stem around resources from the small town of Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania. The newest addition to these resources is Kevin Compton of Performance Flies. I am thrilled to have such a great selection of fly tying materials from a great shop so close to “home”. Having become good friends with Kevin, we bounce a lot of ideas and patterns off each other. It’s always amazing how much can be learned from other anglers through conversing and exchanging thoughts, which is a great reason to stop by his shop. I’m always interested in discussing fly patterns with other tyers. An experienced angler knows that the thoughts around the design of the fly are just as valuable as the material list alone.
A peeking caddis is an especially great fly to use during the winter and early spring, but this pattern could really serve as a general attractor any time of the year. On the streams that I fish in Central Pennsylvania, the Grannom Caddis could be considered one of the major hatches of the spring. Compton’s Peeking Caddis has become a favorite pattern of mine to match this life cycle stage, and meet the demand of having an abundance of cased caddis.
Jack Mickievicz’s dubbing products are top shelf. Kevin uses the Red Fox Squirrel, Antron, and Orange Flash Blend Dubbing for his Peeking Caddis, and if you want the same results I would recommend using it also. Jack’s dubbing blends are easy to work with, unique, and just plain catch fish. If you are unfamiliar with Jack Mickievicz’s dubbing, check out his full line. If you already use Jack’s dubbing, right on!
The important Hot Spot, or trigger, in Compton’s Peeking Caddis is the Glo-Brite Floss wrapped in the rear. When I was chatting with Kevin about publishing a post for this pattern, the Glo-Brite Hot Spot was the area he wanted me to include some specific advice from him on.
Kevin said, “Make sure to note that to increase the durability of this fly it’s very important to coat the Glo-Brite Floss with some type of cement, or resin. I’ve found that when I tie them it’s much quicker and more efficient to line uncoated flies up in a fly box. After you have tied your set number of flies, then hit them each with a drop of resin all at once while they are lined up in a fly box.”
I also use this method while tying this fly. It’s easier, quicker, and a lot less messier. This is a solid method to use with many of the different patterns out there today that incorporate a coat of cement or resin.
Compton’s Peeking Caddis is simple, and effective. This is a great pattern from an excellent tyer. Don’t hesitate to stop in Kevin’s shop to pick his brain, and see a few of his flies in person. In the mean time, add Compton’s Peeking Caddis to your fly box. Tight wraps!