Tying Video – The Cahill Wet Fly

The next fly in the Bergman wet fly series is the very well know Cahill wet fly.  Often this particular version is refereed to as the “dark” Cahill because there is a lighter version of this fly that is also very effective.  The Cahill is the second wet fly I will be tying a Bergman Wet Fly tying class at FlyMasters of Indianapolis on October 5th (yes, I am aware that was yesterday).  The Cahill was created by Dan Cahill back in 1884 and quickly became a favorite fly on Eastern trout streams.  Being written about in Ray Bergman’s trout also helped to solidify this fly as a “classic” wet fly pattern.

The Cahill is not a difficult fly to tie if one has the correct materials.  Meaning, the wings were originally Barred Mallard which can get a little more expensive and difficult to find quality hackle.  In this day of purchasing online it can be a crap shoot as to the quality of the feathers you receive.  Even if you have your local fly shop order some there is no guarantee that the feathers that will come in are of good quality.  That said, you can substitute Mallard flank (I used a Woodduck colored feather in the video) but you might have to do a little “creative feather manipulation” to produce a desired wing.  All of the other materials are readily available and not difficult to master.  However, when watching this video, especially if you watched the Gray Hackle Peacock video, you will notice some familiar methods and techniques that are common to all wet flies.

I have two more wet flies coming out in the coming weeks that will further reinforce some of the basic steps to tying wet flies.  Plus, they are not only fun to tie but are great fish catching flies.  If you haven’t yet, sign up for the weekly newsletter to stay up to date.  The sign up form is on the right of this page!

If you are interested (and would like to support Dressed Irons), I have some Cahill flies for sale here on the site (while supplies last).

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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