Mike and Sheralee Lawson named the Hemingway Caddis after Jack Hemingway. It seems Mike and Sheralee came up with this pattern and Mr. Hemingway took a liking to it, so they named it for him. This diminutive tent wing pattern is an underused favorite of mine. I have to admit; I originally started tying this pattern to use up some of the larger blue dun neck hackle I had lying around after tying several orders of small Parachute Blue Wing Olive patterns. It is a great use for this material and an outstanding caddis pattern as it turns out.
The Hemingway Caddis has an extremely realistic narrow wing profile, is heavily hackled for good skittering and its charcoal color tone matches many real caddis. This is an excellent pattern to pull out when you have a late evening caddis hatch coming off. The darker color really shows up well in flat light and the profile is a dead-on match.
Be sure to spray the goose wing feathers with a clear fixative (available at the hardware store) before tying the fly. Preen the feathers out straight from the quill so they have no curve to them and then spray the feather front and back with fixative. Do this outside, as the fumes from the spray are quite strong and be sure to let the feathers dry completely before tying with them.