Partridge and Light Cahill Tying Video

Patterned after a classic North Country spider, the Partridge and Light Cahill is another example of a fly that is ridiculously simple and devastatingly effective. The first time I tied this fly, it sat in my box, unused, for the better part of four years. Then came a late May evening on the lower Farmington. Creamy mayfly duns were out in force. Trout were slashing at the flies, their feeding frenzy creating a cauldron effect on the river’s surface. I tied my experiment onto my team of three wets, and the trout overwhelmingly showed their approval. To the vise, good angler, then fish the Light Cahill and Sulphur hatches with confidence. The vote will surely be yes for you, too.


5 comments on “Partridge and Light Cahill Tying Video

  1. Steve says:

    Excellent video quality! If only other tiers on line were as succinct! Thanks very much.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Hah! It’s called editing. I hear you, Steve — I think sometimes people fall into the trap of liking to hear themselves talk. It’s a slippery slope. Glad you liked, and happy tying.

  2. Dan says:

    I appreciate how you suggested an easy to obtain product in place of Pearsalls. I helps those of us who are just starting out.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Roger that, Dan. Pearsall’s is a nice way to feel connected to tradition, and it looks great on the hook shank, but the trout can’t tell if you’re using it. Look for Morus silk online if you can find it!

  3. […] Check out the big wet fly brain on Stephen! This was not an easy fish to catch — it was haphazardly rising in some in-between water. We got nothing on our first three drifts. Surprise on the fourth! In my experience, if a trout doesn’t take the wet on the first pass, he’s less likely to take on the second, and even more so on the third. Thankfully, I don’t need to be right. Middle dropper was the selection, a Partridge and Light Cahill. […]

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