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Besides elk and deer you can use other hairs to tie similar flies. One of my favorites is groundhog hair tied just like the classic elk hair caddis. Its not as buoyant and the fly sits deeper in the water, but they look very similar. FWIW, an elk hair caddis is an elk hair caddis because its a western pattern and they had elk to tie with. Sometimes its that simple.
 

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Then there’s this:

“In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ's disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen and that John, the favorite, was a dry-fly fisherman.”
 
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