Posts Tagged ‘Caddis


a nice redside trout…

A beautiful, energetic Redside trout took my Beadhead Pupa pattern during a Caddis hatch. We were fishing above Warm Springs, Oregon on the Deschutes R. on a stretch we call ‘Savinelli’s Drift’. Caught/released.


Fly Tying: Dandy Lil’ Sedge Pattern


I like the simplicity of this Caddis (Sedge) pattern and the use of CDC is an added bonus for floatation and the suggestion of life. The ‘cock de leon‘ feather fibers my not be readily available to you, but the author/tier describes their use for the antenna, a consistent ‘trigger point’ that entices the fish to take.

This Sedge/Caddis pattern would set low in the water with the antenna in view as well.


Old Fly Boxes Yield Gems

Today, I found an old fly box in an old gear bag in the garage. The box was empty save one row of about a dozen of these little tan Caddis. I honestly don’t remember tying them, but believe the gear bag has not been used in maybe 20 years. The fly box was from the Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters, Oregon. I used to frequent the shop in the glory days of Harry & Dee Teel. I seem to recall fishing these on the Crooked River (Oregon).

It is a simple dubbed hare’s ear abdomen, a beard of Partridge feather fibers, perhaps duck or mallard from a primary feather and a dubbed thorax to cover the tie in points for the wings and beard. Tied to represent a Caddis pupa, it does not have any weight on the shank. Back then the ubiquitous bead head had not quite emerged.


Fly Tying: Wets tumbled and swung

2 Wire Bead Head Wet (SwittersB)

The wet fly/flymph patterns, less the bead are probably my most enjoyable stream pattern to fish. Second to that is to incorporate a bead into the pattern to fish a bit deeper. I just have so much success with this type of pattern on streams and rivers, I am somewhat overly preoccupied with them. The bead heads are less successful, for me, on lakes unless fishing a diving Caddis pattern. Wets, Flymphs and Bead Head Patterns are suggestive of Caddis and Mayfly activity. Trailing shucks and sparse tails added to the fly at the bend/rear of shank help sell the Mayfly. Take those components away and the Caddis is left as an option. 

Tumbled and then swung, they are an easy to tie pattern for the beginning fly tier. Partridge, Starling or Hen Hackle lend themselves to suggestive wings if sparsely tied. Keep the body (abdomen) lean regardless of the material for a Mayfly and a little fuller for a Caddis. A small, built up thorax of dubbing helps keep the wound hackle from totally collapsing back over the shank. I am not convinced the metal bead needs to be any particular color, but I tend toward the more traditional colors of gold, brass, black and more recently rootbeer. Some tiers advocate for the hot colored bead.

Now is the time to tie for the next trout season, unless you are fortunate to have open waters to fish. 

A simple wet fly (starling & herl) without a bead head.


Caddis Patterns: Egg Sac’s Colors

You will see the occasional Caddis pattern, usually a dry pattern vs. a diving caddis pattern (you can add an egg sac here too) with a colorful bump at the rear at the bend of the hook. This addition to the pattern is meant to represent an egg sac, which the female Caddis will be dropping, dabbing or diving to lay the eggs.

What color should the egg sac be? You see patterns with a hot red/orange spot as well as various shades of green, yellow to yellowish orange. The little bit of research I did, suggest the egg sacs for some Caddis is typically a shade of green to yellow. It might be worth a shot to add this touch to you Caddis patterns as you tie away this Winter for next year.

Ausable Queen by Tom Deschaine

Caddis With Green Egg Sac (musicarskikafe.blogspot)

Agent 99 Caddis, Thomas C. Duncan, Sr. (Danica)

Glow in The Ass Caddis, Casters FF

Hotter colors might be used, but I am not sure the pattern doesn’t then swing over into a attractor style vs. the theoretically more life like egg sac. Try them both.   Diving Caddis Patterns Without Egg Sacs…But They Could  Also, see this Mayfly version with an egg sac by Markov


Fly Tying: Rotary Vise & Shannon’s Long Kong Kaddis

This is interesting an Caddis pattern. What is instructive, for the beginning fly tier, is the use of the rotary vise (benefits vs. wrapping on fixed vise) and the materials used to create the Long Kong Kaddis (Hook Fly Fishing Site). 

Shannon's Long Kong Kaddis (Hook Fly Fishing)


October Caddis: Juicy Couture

Most of you have no clue what couture means. You stopped at ‘Juicy’. So, it is with the October (Discosmoecus) Caddis. You will get mixed advice re the pupae migrations and their locations out of the seams and main current from where they crawled. Pick the water. Would a trout hold there to pick off the large succulent morsels or feel vulnerable. Would the large, fluttering adult patterns be a better pattern as the adult emerges from the pupae or the female returns to lay her eggs.

October Caddis on the Deschutes River (Oregon) SwittersB

Juicy Gulp, er ….October Caddis


Fly Tying: Suggestive Dubbing

Is this a perfect pattern for a beginning fly tier? A dubbed green abdomen and the teased out darker thorax on this little gem makes for a productive emerger/pupa pattern. FlyMagazinecComBr   Dubbing for the Beginner


Fly Tying: Fore & Aft Patterns

I am by no means a fly pattern historian. I leave it to others to delve back through the annals of fly tying. The fore and aft style fly pattern is reputed to have originated in England over a century ago. Most patterns (save those with new synthetic materials) probably had multiple originators in the far corners of the fly tying/fishing world.

The fore and aft is often offered up as a midge cluster. Well, that seems fine for a very small pattern, say size 16 to 20, but my experience with say the Renegade pattern is it has done amazingly well in B.C. lakes as a Caddis pattern beneath the surface. I recall a small, remote lake near Wavy L. that to this day afforded some of the most amazing fly fishing I have ever experienced. The Renegade pattern was in tatters, with the tinsel and rear hackle trailing behind. There were no chironomid/midge in sight. Only, Caddis/Sedge were emerging and skittering. As tempting as it was to put on a large dry Caddis pattern, the sunken Renegade was intoxicating to the fish and to me. I will never forget the fly line zipping through the water as the Kamloops took the fly and jetted off across my path. 

Whether the body in tied thinly or rather plump, like the Renegade, experiment with the fore and aft hackling on a pattern. Try it as a searching pattern where exact dry fly /emerger pattern presentations are not called for. Lakes and busy surface streams would be good choices. The hackles can be the dry fly quality feather or even a softer hackles for a busier look. I have include a Renegade I tied and a Stick Fly (midge) pattern that shows Ostrich Herl for the hackle. 


Fly Tying: Caddis Pupa Pattern


Hatches Magazine provides a very nice pattern (S-B-S/pics) for a Caddis Pupa that uses a latex product, Nymph Skin, to form the abdomen. A nice pattern of the bead head pupa variety. Good visuals.

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